[ISN] NASCIO President: State Cybersecurity Center In Doubt

From: InfoSec News (isnat_private)
Date: Fri May 31 2002 - 05:08:40 PDT


By William Welsh, Washtech
28 May 2002, 8:43 PM CST
The plan for a national information sharing and analysis center to
support cybersecurity at the state government level has not yet
materialized, despite hopes that it would be ready soon.
Rock Regan, president of the National Association of State Chief
Information Officers (NASCIO) and Connecticut CIO, said May 23 that
the group remains determined to establish such a center and may issue
a request for proposal soon.

"There are still a lot of unknowns. We don't know if it is doable or
not," Regan said.

Chris Dixon, NASICO's digital government coordinator, said the
principal matters to be addressed before the project can move forward
concern funding and whether information provided by the states to the
federal government would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Dixon said the organization is confident it can secure adequate
funding, but the funds might come from multiple sources, depending on
the amount required. These sources might include federal and state
funding as well other public and private funding, he said.

Aldona Valicente, a NASCIO past president and Kentucky CIO, said the
federal government has encouraged the states to proceed with the

An information sharing and analysis center would record and report
security breaches across state IT enterprises, provide early warnings
to other states of network breaches, offer patches to fix violated
systems and act as a clearinghouse for sharing best practices among

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