[ISN] Gilmore warns of threat to information systems

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Date: Fri Mar 29 2002 - 00:39:18 PST

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    By Richard W. Walker 
    GCN Staff
    If terrorists strike the United States again, their targets could be
    information systems or critical systems infrastructures, former
    Virginia governor James Gilmore said yesterday.
    "Cyberattacks or attacks on critical infrastructures are the most
    likely next attacks," Gilmore said at a panel discussion sponsored by
    Johns Hopkins University's Information Security Institute in Laurel,
    Md. He is chairman of the National Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic
    Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass
    In its third annual report last December, the panel recommended
    measures to deal with terrorist threats to IT, including the creation
    of an independent commission to evaluate cybersecurity programs and
    strategies for improving cybersecurity.
    Former Defense Department deputy CIO Marvin Langston told the audience
    that IT has become a larger target because "we're now critically
    dependent on computers in everyday existence on this planet."
    James Lucier, senior Washington analyst for Prudential Securities of
    New York, said the Internet is becoming a critical infrastructure.
    Combating threats will require a new vision of electronic security,
    Lucier added.
    "E-security must be baked in, not sprayed on," he said.
    Citing privacy concerns, Gilmore said he opposed developing a national
    identification system as a defense against terrorism. "Too creepy for
    me," he said.
    Instead, increased collaboration and information sharing among federal
    agencies and state and local governments are crucial ways to prepare
    against the threats, he said.
    "We have to develop cultural institutions to share intelligence," he
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