Taking on telecom security
- By Dan Verton, Diane Frank
- Aug 07, 2000
A presidential advisory committee on telecommunications security has established
a task force to ensure that the next administration is up to speed on issues
that concern the security of critical U.S. networks.
The National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, made up
of 30 corporate leaders in the telecommunications industry, established
an Administration Transition Task Force last month, said an NSTAC spokeswoman.
"NSTAC is doing exactly the right thing in preparing to educate the
new administration," said Franklin Reeder, chairman of the Computer System
Security and Privacy Advisory Board, a group of federal and industry experts
that advises Congress and presidential administrations.
Established by executive order in 1982, NSTAC provides federal security
officials with critical telecommunications expertise. NSTAC's subcommittees
and working groups analyze key issues in telecom security policy and issue
reports to the president about every nine months.
The first official NSTAC report to the new president is scheduled for
early next spring, but "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 has also established a new Information Sharing for Critical Infrastructure
Protection Task Force to facilitate information sharing between the private
sector and government. Officials have identified information sharing between
industry and government as one of the most pressing security challenges.
The private sector owns the vast majority of the nation's critical infrastructure.