Letter to the editor

Good lead-in column ["Information matters," FCW homeland security supplement, March 25, 2002], but, like most publications, yours fails to mention the dirty little secret of government — that they have no money.

My company has met with "everyone" following the Sept. 11 incident and the federal government's sudden and heightened interest in our encryption service. But the plain fact is that on Sept. 11, they were already spending the 2002 budget and since then, they have not managed to catch up.

The most common form of communication and still the most used is the voice, and it is wide open. Your channels are shared with everyone else and they all go through the same manhole out there in the street.

Loose lips, sink ships, and we seem to be paralyzed into thinking that a generic encryption application on e-mail and remote databases is the fix-all for our eavesdropping problems.

John Dabnor

President and Chief Executive Officer
CityCom Secure Telecommunications Inc.
Alpharetta, Ga.

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