FC: Weekly column: Washington's new role in computer security

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Nov 18 2002 - 10:02:59 PST

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       Perspective: Say hello to Big Brother
       By Declan McCullagh
       November 18, 2002, 7:05 AM PT
       WASHINGTON--Like it or not, the proposed Department of Homeland
       Security firmly establishes Washington's central role in computer and
       network security.
       When approved by Congress, perhaps as early as Monday, the massive new
       bureaucracy will become--among other things--the nation's
       clearinghouse for developing plans to prevent electronic attacks,
       thwart them when they occur and release advisories to the public.
       According to the version of the bill approved by the House last week,
       department analysts will have security clearances and work so closely
       with the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency and the Defense
       Intelligence Agency that they'll even share personnel.
       The department will mash together five agencies that currently divvy
       up responsibility for "critical infrastructure protection." Those are
       the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, the Defense
       Department's National Communications System, the Commerce Department's
       Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, an Energy Department
       analysis center and the Federal Computer Incident Response Center.
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