Forwarded from: "eric wolbrom, CISSP" <ericat_private> http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26061-2002Sep16.html By Brian Krebs and Robert MacMillan washingtonpost.com Staff Writers Monday, September 16, 2002; 7:45 PM The Bush administration will not unveil the final version of a national cybersecurity plan this Wednesday, saying it wants to gather more input from the technology industry. The White House had been expected to offer a detailed strategy for protecting the nation's critical information infrastructure from attack. Instead, the administration will release another draft of the strategy. "We've said all along that this is a living document," said Tiffany Olsen, an aide to White House cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke. "We wanted to make sure we have buy-in from all the parties involved before the official release comes out." Technology firms will have 60 days to submit comments on the latest draft, Olsen said, with an official presidential unveiling of the final plan scheduled for before the end of the year. The first solid hints at the delay came at a press conference this weekend when White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said that the cybersecurity strategy was still in development. "I think it's too soon to predict when any report that the cyber people have been working on will be ready ... " Fleischer said on Saturday. "I would not leap to any conclusions about when they will have something." Clarke has been working for the past year with technology companies to build a national strategy to protect the nation's critical infrastructures from cyberattack. The Bush administration made significant changes to the plan in recent weeks, with some of the most controversial elements removed, including a call for a national privacy czar and plans to ask Internet service providers to bundle firewall and other security technology with their service. "It does give companies a bit of nervousness when a plan of this size and magnitude is released," said Mario Correa, director of Internet and network security policy for the Business Software Alliance. Correa cautioned that it would be unfair to characterize the administration's action as backpedaling. "We think the White House has done the right thing here by looking to further bring in comment and expertise," Correa said. Some of the changes were made in the hopes that the IT industry would adopt the recommendations voluntarily, rather than being forced to adapt to more government regulation, The Washington Post reported last week. The White House has been promoting the Sept. 18 cybersecurity event for several months. When Clarke releases the draft at Stanford University on Wednesday, a number of government and business dignitaries are scheduled to be in attendance, including FBI Director Robert Mueller, FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle, America Online's network security chief Tatiana Gau, and Information Technology Association of America President Harris Miller. _______________________________________________________________________ eric wolbrom, CISSP Safe Harbor Technologies President & CIO 190 Goldens Bridge Ct. Voice 914.767.9090 ext. 6000 Katonah, NY 10536 Fax 914.767.3911 http://www.shtech.net _______________________________________________________________________ - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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