Bush panel to fight cyberterror

Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Information Age

President Bush, calling the protection of information systems critical to the nation's well-being, issued an executive order creating a panel to fight cyberterrorism.

The President's Critical Infrastructure Board has the task of preventing disruptions of the nation's critical infrastructures, Bush said in an executive order issued Oct. 16. Critical infrastructures include such things as transportation and electrical power.

Protecting the networks is vital to protecting "the people, economy, essential human and government services and national security of the United States," Bush said.

The board is responsible for coordinating federal efforts to protect information systems, the executive order says.

In addition to creating the board itself, the executive order puts the director of the Office of Management and Budget in charge of implementing governmentwide policies, standards and guidelines for protecting federal agency information systems.

The president notes that agencies are "responsible and accountable for providing and maintaining adequate levels of security for information systems, including emergency preparedness communications systems.

"Cost-effective security shall be built into and made an integral part of government information systems, especially those critical systems that support the national security and other essential government programs. Additionally, security should enable, and not unnecessarily impede, department and agency business operations," the executive order says.

A key task of the board will be coordinating efforts with industry, which runs many of the nation's information networks that support critical infrastructures.

The board will be made up of Bush administration Cabinet members, along with many other top presidential aides.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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