[ISN] Deal struck for security alerts

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Date: Fri Jul 26 2002 - 01:59:53 PDT

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    Forwarded from: William Knowles <wkat_private>
    By Diane Frank 
    July 25, 2002
    The National Association of State Chief Information Officers today
    announced it has signed an agreement with the primary federal
    infrastructure security analysis and warning center so that individual
    states can receive alerts on cyber and physical threats.
    The memorandum of agreement with the National Infrastructure 
    Protection Center creates a formal venue for states to receive quick 
    notification of general and specific warnings issued by the center. 
    The NIPC, an interagency center, works closely with many public and 
    private entities to develop alerts, analysis and assistance on 
    infrastructure threats. It is part of the FBI; President Bush has 
    proposed that the NIPC become part of the planned Homeland Security 
    States interested in receiving the NIPC alerts will sign participation 
    agreements with NASCIO, and they must agree to use any sensitive 
    information with care.
    The agreement with NIPC is the first step for the state CIOs toward 
    forming a full-featured Interstate Information Sharing and Analysis 
    Center (Interstate ISAC), according to a statement from Rock Regan, 
    CIO of Connecticut and NASCIO president. The formation of such a 
    center is called for in a report on information security in the public 
    sector issued this week by NASCIO and the PricewaterhouseCoopers 
    Endowment for the Business of Government.
    The Interstate ISAC would follow the pattern of other centers by 
    providing a way for information and intelligence on threats and 
    vulnerabilities to be securely shared between the federal government 
    and the ISAC.
    Former President Clinton first urged the creation of sector-specific 
    ISACs in May 1998 when he issued Presidential Decision Directive 63, 
    which requires federal agencies to secure the information and physical 
    systems that support the nation's critical infrastructure, such as 
    banking and transportation. The Bush administration has continued to 
    support the formation of ISACs to cooperate with the Critical 
    Infrastructure Protection Board, created by executive order in October 
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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