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Bush said to be planning cybersecurity board
July 12, 2001 Posted: 12:00 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT)
By Dan Verton
(IDG) -- The Bush administration plans to create a board of senior
security officials to oversee the federal government's critical
infrastructure protection efforts, effectively doing away with the idea
designating a single cybersecurity "czar," sources said.
The move was said to have been agreed upon during a July 2 meeting with
President Bush, who gave National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice and
officials the green light to prepare a draft executive order setting up
Cybersecurity and Continuity of Operations Board. The sources said the
meeting lasted for more than an hour, after initially being scheduled
minutes, and resulted in a proposed plan that's now being circulated for
A final version of the order is expected later this year. Sources on
Hill, who asked not to be identified, said the proposed structure
the notion of giving cybersecurity responsibility to one official in
of appointing a board with representatives from the Defense, State and
Commerce Departments plus the intelligence community and other agencies.
Richard Clarke, the longtime national coordinator for security,
infrastructure protection and counterterrorism at the White House, is
as the leading contender to be named chairman of the proposed panel.
the new structure, Clarke would likely give up his counterterrorism role
favor of exclusive cybersecurity duties, according to the sources.
Ken Watson, director of critical infrastructure protection at Cisco
Inc. and president of the private-sector Partnership for Critical
Infrastructure Security (PCIS), said the general reaction from corporate
officials to the draft presidential order has been positive.
"No single government agency can do all that's needed [to protect
infrastructures], especially when that includes liaison with industry,
oversight of federal budgets and international cooperation," Watson
"We [think] that a board headed by a presidential adviser provides the
breadth and emphasis."
Kim Kotlar, an assistant to Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), said
a high-level cybersecurity office would be a good first step in the
government's effort to tackle the issue. However, "there are many
questions on how such an organization would work and what its mission
be," she said.
The new plan also leaves open the option of allowing the tenures of the
National Infrastructure Assurance Council (NIAC) and the National
Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) to expire on Oct. 1,
to sources familiar with the draft order. Just before he left office in
January, former President Bill Clinton appointed 21 people, many of them
longtime Democratic Party supporters, to the NIAC. Terminating those
appointments would simply be a way for the Bush administration to put
own team in place, the sources said.
Harris Miller, president of the Arlington, Va.-based Information
Association of America and a member of the NIAC, said he would still
to see Bush name a cybersecurity czar in order to give companies and
groups a single point of contact on security issues.
But the proposal to create a centralized, coordinated security effort
in the White House "makes sense" if done properly, Miller added. "The
crucial challenge of this effort will be to ensure that the leadership
the White House is meaningful and that a new 'talking shop' is not
where problems are discussed, but solutions not found," he said.
Sources close to the White House said the executive order is likely to
issued in September, when the next version of a national plan for
information systems is scheduled for release. The update is supposed to
further refine how the federal government and the private sector should
cooperate on IT security.
However, the sources said publication of the next version of the
plan, which is being prepared by PCIS members with coordination by the
Commerce Department's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, will
be delayed in order to allow the proposed new board to put its own
on the document. The plan was initially released in January of last
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