Security steers DOT plans

Transportation Department information technology investments should include

risk criteria that specify how a security plan factors into an investment's

cost and management, according to a version of the agency's Capital Programming

Manual under review by DOT's operating units.

The manual states that IT investment criteria should include:

* IT architecture and infrastructure.

* Security, as it links to IT architecture.

* A security plan that includes consideration of life-cycle costs.

* An assessment of how security risks will be managed.

* An approach for protecting privacy and confidentiality.

* Strategic and technological issues, including a strong preference

for commercial alternatives.

The capital plan will be finalized for the first budget cycle for fiscal

2002, which begins this summer, said George Molaski, DOT's chief information

officer.

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