NASA splits security duties
- By Bryant Jordan
- Nov 12, 2000
NASA has created an office to oversee security, but the new Office of Security
Management and Safeguards will assume responsibility for only a portion
of the agency's computer operations.
Security for most of NASA's computers will remain with the agency's
chief information officer in order to ensure that systems remain programmed
for optimal mission performance.
Computer security is so closely connected with the carrying out of
information technology missions that the agency felt it could not be separated,
said a NASA source, speaking on background.
"At NASA, computers are used to accomplish missions. Security is an
aspect...like bandwidth or suitable software," he said. Pulling out one
aspect of the operation and giving its responsibility to another entity
could compromise the mission, he said.
Overcompensating for security could make it more difficult for IT systems
to work, while undercompensating could com-promise security. Therefore,
officials determined that NASA's CIO should retain responsibility for the
security of the agency's computer systems and networks. One exception is
a classified computing system, which will be the responsibility of the new
security office.Related links - NASA