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Bills to raise infosec know-how

Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) introduced two bills Jan. 28 aimed at raising the level of information security expertise within government and the private sector.

One piece of legislation, the Cyberterrorism Preparedness Act, would create a nonprofit group of academic and industry experts to develop best practices for protecting computers and networks against cyberattacks.

The other bill, the Cybersecurity Research and Education Act, focuses on increasing the number of security researchers and teachers available to build the overall level of security expertise in the United States.

Procurement execs set goals

The Procurement Executives Council is focusing on three items from the President's Management Agenda to make e-government happen, a top official said Jan. 30.

In 2002, the PEC's priorities will center on strategic management of human resources, increasing competitive sourcing and expanding e-government, according to Gary Krump, vice chairman of the council and the Department of Veterans Affairs' deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and materiel management.

NIST prepping security guides

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's security team will release more than 30 guides during the coming year to help agencies with crucial technical and policy security concerns, officials said late last month.

Since December 2001, the NIST Computer Security Resource Center has released four draft guides for comment, addressing telecommuting security, information technology contingency plans, securely connecting IT systems and using common definitions for security vulnerabilities.


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