[ISN] Security board swept out

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Date: Tue Mar 04 2003 - 23:51:06 PST

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    By Diane Frank 
    March 4, 2003
    A new executive order that addresses some reorganization details for
    the Homeland Security Department completely eliminates the group
    responsible for overseeing the government's critical infrastructure
    protection efforts.
    The Feb. 28 executive order is mostly housekeeping, inserting the
    Homeland Security secretary into some old orders and eliminating or
    changing officials in others as functions transfer to the new
    But the biggest change is the complete rewrite of the Oct. 16, 2001,
    executive order addressing critical infrastructure protection under
    the Bush administration.
    The rewrite eliminates the President's Critical Infrastructure
    Protection Board, a group that brought together top officials from
    every agency throughout government to address security issues.
    The board also led the development of the administration's National
    Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, the final version of which the White
    House released last month.
    The Homeland Security Department has four main directorates, and the
    Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate merges
    the main federal organizations involved in critical infrastructure
    protection: the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, the National
    Infrastructure Protection Center, the Federal Computer Incident
    Response Capability, and others.
    A leader has not even been nominated for that division, however, and
    the groups involved are still working on a transition plan while
    trying to meet their daily responsibilities.
    The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) issued a call
    for Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to name a cybersecurity
    adviser as soon as possible to replace the position that the board
    held and to ensure that agencies across government are involved in
    critical infrastructure protection.
    "The [board], which consists of the top leadership from throughout the
    federal government, reflects a fundamental fact: Cybersecurity
    requires the participation of all government entities, and the
    coordination facilitated by the [board] is essential," said Harris
    Miller, president of ITAA.
    The move also comes a month after Richard Clarke, chairman of the
    board, announced he was leaving government. He led the critical
    infrastructure protection efforts of the Clinton and Bush
    administrations since 1998.
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