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NIST to seek comment on IT security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology this week plans to publish two Federal Register notices that could lead to a major overhaul of the federal information technology security standards.

According to a Clinton administration official one notice will invite agency comments about the use of an emerging elliptic-curve digital signature algorithm which is used in Certicom Inc. products and an algorithm used in RSA Data Security Inc. products. Now agencies are required to use a government-designed algorithm for digital signatures. The second notice will invite agency comment regarding the use of three algorithms - elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman an algorithm used in the products of Cylink Corp. and RSA's algorithm - for key-management applications. There is no federal standard for key management.

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Two may be nominated for FAA posts

George L. Donohue associate administrator for research and acquisitions at the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to be nominated as deputy administrator of the agency. Monte Belger has been acting deputy administrator since January. Meanwhile Jane Garvey acting administrator of the Federal Highway Administration is expected to be nominated for FAA administrator. She would replace Barry Valentine who is expected to return to his post as assistant administrator for policy planning and international aviation.

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Smith Mestrovich move within DOD

Delores "Dee" Smith formerly the director of electronic commerce at the Defense Department has been named special assistant to Al Ressler head of corporate administration at the Defense Logistics Agency. Michael Mestrovich former deputy director for joint requirements analysis and integration at the Defense Information Systems Agency has been appointed executive director of the newly formed Electronic Commerce Integration Organization which absorbed the DOD electronic commerce/electronic data interchange office. William Leary has replaced Mestrovich at DISA.

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New hole found in Microsoft's Explorer

Just months after Microsoft Corp. fixed a security hole in its Internet Explorer browser a new vulnerability has surfaced.

The newly discovered bug affects users of Internet Explorer 3.x and users of the platform preview release of Explorer 4.0 who also have Microsoft PowerPoint presentation software. The security hole could allow a malicious Web site visitor to execute any program on a user's computer without permission.

Microsoft has posted a fix for the bug on its Web site (www.microsoft.com).

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Wang eliminates moves 100 workers

Wang Government Services Inc. recently reassigned workers and eliminated positions in a restructuring that affected about 100 employees. John Flynn Wang's senior vice president for business development marketing and sales said the restructuring is consistent with previous announcements regarding the integration of I-NET Inc.'s government group and Wang Federal's government organization. Wang Laboratories Inc. bought I-NET last year. Flynn said the restructuring primarily involved sales and administrative positions. Some positions were eliminated and other workers were transferred to areas within the company.

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