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Es scheint nunmehr ein Entwurf einer Executive Order vorzuliegen. Aus
dem Artikel werde ich aber nicht ganz schlau - was aber auch an dem
genannten Dokument liegen kann. ;-)

Bush plan would revamp Net security 

Associated Press
17.7.2001 3:45 PM

WASHINGTON--President Bush is weighing a markedly different approach to
protecting the nation's technology backbone from terrorism--one that
would replace the high-profile security job his predecessor created with
an advisory board of federal officials. 

The job currently held by national security expert Richard Clarke would
be replaced with a board of about 21 officials from all major federal
agencies, according to a
draft executive order obtained by The Associated Press. 

The board would report to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
Among the agencies that would participate are the departments of State,
Defense, Justice,
Energy and Treasury, as well as the National Security Agency, CIA and

The White House has briefed several industry groups on the plan and told
executives that Bush is expected to sign the order formalizing the
changes after Labor Day. 

Some security experts said Tuesday they fear Bush's plan will make
federal decision-making more unwieldy at a time when growing threats to
fiber-optic lines,
Internet-linked computers and satellites require swift action. 

"The bad news is, nobody will do anything about critical infrastructure
protection until there's a global catastrophic failure,'' said Mark
Rasch, former head of the Justice Department's computer crimes division.
"The good news is, there will be a global catastrophic failure.'' 

Rasch predicted with so many federal agencies involved in the advisory
panel "it's going to have input from everybody on God's green earth''
before any action is taken. 

White House officials on Tuesday declined to discuss the executive

The draft, dated June 26, states Bush's order would abolish the position
of national coordinator for infrastructure protection, which was created
by President Clinton in
1998 when the government created its first ever blueprint for combatting
threats against critical facilities that provide Americans with access
to electricity, water, banking and the Internet. 

Clarke has pointedly warned Congress, companies and local agencies about
the potential for a "digital Pearl Harbor'' in which a terrorist attack
would paralyze
computers, electrical grids and other key infrastructure. 

Technology trade group head Harris Miller wanted Bush to keep a single
person in charge, which he called a "one-throat-to-choke approach.'' But
he called Bush's plan
"a good alternative'' which elevates more agencies to decision-making

"The proof will come in seeing how this actually operates in practice,
and making sure that the agencies and departments get out of their
asylum mentality,'' said
Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America. 

As the United States relies more on computers, the government and
private companies are concentrating on how a computer attack--either by
a foreign government,
terrorist group, or young hackers--could cripple the nation. 

Officials have put forth several possible scenarios that could create
financial havoc or loss of life, such as disruptions to ATM networks,
the air traffic control system or the national power grid. Several
nations, such as the United States, Russia and China, are preparing its
armies for future cyber warfare that would focus more on hacking than
traditional weapons. 

One key objective for the new board will be to find more effective ways
of sharing information about threats with corporate America in time to
thwart potential attackers. 

Security companies and the General Accounting Office, the investigative
arm of Congress, have criticized the government's information sharing
efforts so far, saying that companies aren't notified quickly enough
about new security holes. 

A congressional report earlier this year stated that the National
Infrastructure Protection Center, part of the FBI, is understaffed and
needs more training so it can keep companies up to date. 

Two agencies that are cut out of Bush's proposal--the Environmental
Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services--had
top roles in the
Clinton-era plan.

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