States to adapt cybersecurity
- By Diane Frank
- May 15, 2001
The federal office that oversees the development of plans to protect the
nation against cyberattacks is working with Virginia to adapt the federal
model to the state and local environment.
The Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office is meeting with Virginia
Secretary of Technology Donald Upson to start determining the role of the
many state and local governments when it comes to protecting the systems
that support the nation's critical infrastructure, such as telecommunications
These meetings are an important step toward expanding the efforts under
Presidential Decision Directive 63, signed by President Clinton in May 1998
and requiring federal agencies to lead the protection of critical infrastructure
Last month, President Bush announced his intention to continue the work
under the directive, but today officials still do not know what is the role
of federal, state and local governments in critical infrastructure protection,
Upson said Monday at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's
symposium on Protecting e-Government in the 21st Century.
The partnership with Virginia will include adapting the CIAO's Project
Matrix, an initiative to find the vulnerabilities introduced when a critical
system depends on others, said John Tritak, director of the CIAO. It is
also a key program to help organizations prioritize where their resources
should be used, he said.