Agencies were reminded last week that they should rely on and work with
the Federal Computer Incident Response Capability when securing their systems.
The FedCIRC staff, along with officials from the White House and the National
Security Council, held a teleconference with representatives from all of
the federal agencies. The call was a follow-up to a memo from President
Clinton urging agencies to secure their systems against attacks and against
being used for attacks — such as in last month's denial-of-service incidents
that blocked popular e-commerce sites. FedCIRC has been available to assist
agencies in such matters for four years, but the White House is concerned
that few agencies use FedCIRC or report incidents to the group, one official
Agencies on the line
White House officials reminded agency representatives during the FedCIRC
teleconference that agencies have a March 24 deadline to provide vulnerability
reports called for in the president's memo. Those reports will be turned
in to FedCIRC, which will put together an analysis that John Podesta, the
president's chief of staff, will deliver to Clinton on April 1.
CIOs seek security funds
Chief information officers are pushing for a pot of supplemental money
for security, similar to what was handed out for the Year 2000 problem,
State Department CIO Fernando Burbano said at a conference last week. The
Office of Management and Budget last month called for agencies to include
security as an integral part of their information system budgets for fiscal
2002 and beyond, but agencies still have two years until the 2002 budget
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