[ISN] NIPC seeks cyberalert support

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Date: Mon Aug 19 2002 - 05:39:42 PDT

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    By Diane Frank 
    Aug. 16, 2002
    The National Infrastructure Protection Center this week issued a 
    request for quotations to get contractor support for its Analysis and 
    Warning Section - the group that provides cybersecurity alerts and 
    advice to the public and private sectors.
    The statement of work outlines several requirements the NIPC is 
    looking for a contractor to fill, including:
    * Supporting the center's ability to identify and predict security 
      threats and trends.
    * Performing analysis and assessment of threat information.
    * Providing historical incident data.
    * Distributing the information to partners and the general public.
    The General Accounting Office and many outside organizations have 
    criticized the NIPC for its slow response time to potential and 
    immediate threats. During the past year, the center has formed many 
    partnerships with information-sharing organizations created in the 
    public and private sectors.
    The NIPC resides within the FBI, and although it is an interagency 
    group, it is staffed mainly by FBI agents and personnel. Under a Bush 
    administration proposal, the center will become part of the proposed 
    Homeland Security Department's information analysis and infrastructure 
    protection function.
    The General Services Administration's Federal Computer Incident 
    Response Center is another group that would move into that function. 
    FedCIRC provides analysis and warnings specifically for federal 
    civilian agencies and last year signed a support contract with Global 
    Integrity, a security services provider.
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