Board raising voice on security, privacy
- By Diane Frank
- Jun 15, 2000
In preparation for the change in administrations next year, the Computer
Systems Security and Privacy Advisory Board plans to release a report in
September on how the government can reorganize itself to tackle information
security and privacy issues.
The CSSPAB serves as an independent advisory group to the Commerce secretary,
the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Security
Agency and Congress.
The organization has usually stayed in the background since its creation
by the Computer Security Act of 1987, but new CSSPAB chairman Franklin Reeder
is pushing the board to become an active player in the information security
"I want to get an output other than amiable conversations and pleasant experiences,"
he said at the board's quarterly meeting Thursday.
The first such output will be "substantive advice on how government structures
itself" to manage governmentwide security and privacy issues, Reeder said.
The organization wants to take advantage of the window of opportunity between
the November elections and the change in administration, he added.
Part of the board's advice will be:
* Looking at how the CIO Council can serve as a central point of authority
and accountability for the governmentwide efforts.
* Developing a common vocabulary of problems and solutions.
* Looking at how to get Congress to better handle information security and
* Examining how to identify resources currently available and develop new