Transportation's plan more than just products

The Transportation Department's integrated incident management program is only the start of what Lisa Schlosser, DOT's associate chief information officer for information technology security, said is a process leading to a world-class IT security strategy.

During the three-year development period, DOT officials will:

* Improve DOT's IT security strategy.

* Fully integrate IT security into main business and organizational processes, such as DOT's enterprise architecture.

* Refine critical management programs, such as certification/accreditation, incident response and training/awareness.

* Deploy more robust network- and system-level controls.

After the initial three-year period, Schlosser said, DOT officials will use the incident management system as a baseline from which to monitor compliance while continuously improving DOT's security infrastructure by adding newer, state-of-the-art products.

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Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.

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