Telecom experts gear up for new administration
- By Dan Verton
- Aug 03, 2000
The National Plan for Critical Infrastructure Protection
A presidential advisory committee responsible for monitoring the security
of the national telecommunications system has established a task force to
help bring the next administration up to speed on critical infrastructure
protection issues after the November elections.
The National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, made up
of 30 senior corporate leaders representing major sectors of the telecommunications
industry, last month established an Administration Transition Task Force,
a spokeswoman for NSTAC said.
Established by executive order in 1982, NSTAC provides federal security
officials with critical telecommunications expertise that is not available
NSTAC's subcommittees and working groups analyze key issues in telecommunications
security policy and issue reports to the president about every nine months.
The task force will work closely with the new administration's transition
team, and the first official report to the new president is scheduled for
early next spring.
As for the committee's "white papers" to the president, "Internet time"
has forced the Clinton administration to ask the committee to ramp up its
timelines on certain issues, the NSTAC spokeswoman said. "We will now provide
reports as they are available for time-sensitive issues, rather than hold
them for the annual report to the president," she said.
NSTAC also has established a task force to facilitate the sharing of
information between the private sector and the government about critical
infrastructure protection. Please see "Avoiding 'digital
Exxon Valdez'" for details.