No go on security show

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Citing a growing number of information security resources, the National Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have discontinued the 23-year-old National Information Systems Security Conference.

When the conference started, it was "the only game in town," said Stuart Katzke, chief scientist of the Information Assurance Solutions Group at NSA and a founder of the conference and the partnership with NIST.

However, "there's a time and life for everything," said Edward Roback, division chief at the NIST Computer Security Division. In the last few years, agencies and vendors have established conferences that go in-depth on specific security issues, and NIST and NSA decided their conference resources could be better used elsewhere, he said.

"Sponsors can now move forward with new efforts to meet their mission objectives while ensuring that their customers' needs for broad-ranging secu-rity conferences can be more than adequately met by other efforts," states a letter on the conference Web site.

The conference's demise comes as the federal security discussion moves toward information assurance. That move also affected NSA's National Computer Security Center, now part of the larger Office of Policy and Corporate Support at the NSA Information Systems Security Organization.

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