[ISN] Elimination of cybersecurity board concerns tech industry

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Date: Tue Mar 04 2003 - 02:04:55 PST

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    By Bara Vaida
    National Journal's Technology Daily 
    March 3, 2003 
    An executive order that President Bush issued on Friday shifted a
    portion of the White House's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board
    to the Homeland Security Department, leaving high-tech groups unsure
    who in the administration will specifically oversee cybersecurity.
    The board, which drafted the national cybersecurity strategy, and the
    position of White House special adviser on cybersecurity were
    officially dissolved, spurring high-tech representatives to furiously
    lobby the administration to ensure that one individual will be
    specially tasked to work on cybersecurity.
    "We got assurances that cybersecurity remains a priority ... but it
    isn't clear as of today who will be in charge," said Harris Miller,
    president of the Information Technology Association of America, who
    noted that the "Slammer" computer worm recently caused $1 billion in
    damage to the economy and that hackers last month used the Internet to
    steal credit-card information on 8 million individuals. "More so than
    ever before, we need a strong advocate for cybersecurity in
    Washington, D.C."
    Tiffany Olson, who has been deputy chief of staff at the board, said
    its operations and implementation portions are being shifted to the
    information analysis and infrastructure protection division in the
    Homeland Security Department. The board is to be merged with the FBI's
    National Infrastructure Protection Board, the Commerce Department's
    Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, the General Service
    Administration's FedCirc and several other small agencies focused on
    physical and cybersecurity.
    Olson said the new division would be in charge of implementing the
    national cybersecurity plan and will serve as the "focal point" on
    cybersecurity in the government. "We believe that the special adviser
    role will be moved to [the department], but it won't disappear," she
    Cybersecurity policy will continue to be coordinated by the White
    House within the new Homeland Security Council, which was created to
    replace the White House Office of Homeland Security, she said. The
    council is a "peer" group to the existing National Security Council
    and is structured like that entity, Olson said, adding that there will
    be "a group of experts" at the Homeland Security Council focused on
    both physical and cyber infrastructure policy.
    Richard Clarke was Bush's cybersecurity adviser from October 2001
    until he left the post last month for the private sector. Howard
    Schmidt replaced Clarke in the interim, but it is not clear what job
    Schmidt will take in the administration. Olson said "no individual
    positions have been identified at this point."
    Mario Correa, director of Internet and network security policy at the
    Business Software Alliance, said that while the cybersecurity
    adviser's position remains unclear, the industry will continue to
    lobby the administration about the "wisdom" of having one person with
    the ear of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to focus on
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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