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[] Kongress-Anhörung zur Cyber-Sicherheit,

am 10.10. hat eine Anhörung im Wissenschaftsausschuss des
Repräsentantenhauses stattgefunden zur Sicherheit der kritischen
Infrastrukturen in den USA.
Sachverständige waren: 
William A. Wulf, President, National Academy of Engineering and vice
chair of the National Research Council
Dr. Eugene Spafford, Professor of Computer Sciences, Professor of
Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University, where
he is also the interim Information Systems Security Officer.
Ms. Terry A. Benzel, Vice President of Advanced Security Research for
Network Associates, Inc., Director of the Network Associate labs
Mr. Robert Weaver, Assistant Special-Agent-in-Charge, New York Field
Office, United States Secret Service; Head, New York Electronic Crimes
Task Force.  

Einen einleitenden Text mit interessanten Informationen findet sich
Die Links auf die Transkripte finden sich hier

Eine Presseerklärung des Ausschussvorsitzenden Sherwood L. Boehlert nach
der Anhörung findet sich hier:

Grüße, Ralf

Wired News, 11.10.2001,1283,47479,00.html

Fighting Evil Hackers With Bucks 
By Declan McCullagh and Ben Polen 

2:00 a.m. Oct. 11, 2001 PDT  
 WASHINGTON -- Worried about the threat of terrorists-turned-hackers,
members of a House panel spent Wednesday puzzling over how Congress
could improve computer security. 

"What legislative and other steps are needed to increase the focus on
computer security?" Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-New York), chairman of the
House Science committee, asked at a "cybersecurity" hearing. 

Boehlert added: "We want to focus on real, concrete problems and develop
specific solutions." 

In truth, there's not much that Congress can do: America's computer
security is in the hands of geeks more inclined to read Slashdot than
the Federal Register. Because security relies on technologies like
firewalls and bug fixes, the government's role has been limited to
indirect mechanisms like tax cuts and federal grants. 

Politicians may not know the difference between a byte and a nibble, but
they are experts in spending money. And during the aftermath of the
deadly Sept. 11 attacks, legislators seem willing to sign unusually fat

"No federal funding agency has assumed responsibility for supporting
basic research in this area -- not DARPA, not the NSF, not the
Department of Energy, not the NSA," complained William Wulf, a professor
of engineering and applied science at the University of Virginia who
testified at the hearing. 

Wulf was referring to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the
National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. 

Wulf said that it wasn't a temporary budget increase that was necessary
-- but a permanent one. "Don't think it's an issue of a lot of money but
some type of guarantee of long-term money," he said. 

While the Sept. 11 hijackers did use the Internet to book airplane
tickets, according to police reports, there's no public evidence that
they or accused mastermind Osama bin Laden ever planned on attacking
websites. But even in the absence of evidence, politicians are doing
anything they can to increase security in all aspects of American life. 

The National Science Foundation already has a scholarship program that
pays for two years of computer science university education in exchange
for two years of federal service after graduation. 

But Eugene Spafford, professor of computer science at Purdue University,
said his school had unfilled slots for the program. Spafford said his
students are more attracted to the corporate world where "they get paid
higher salaries for doing the same work." 

Another idea, offered by Terry Benzel, a vice president at Network
Associates, was for the feds to create a program for "more senior and
experienced people to rotate in, who have an understanding of the
contributions we can make." 

Benzel suggested that the newly created Office of Homeland Security
should be responsible. "We need a new organization which can benefit
from some of the best and brightest," he said. "Coordination is
difficult and setting an agenda and road map will require significant
investment. It would be a good task to assign to the Office of Homeland

Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Michigan) offered his own suggestion for improving
America's computer security: Use a Mac. "I own a Macintosh. I got
through Y2K -- I didn't even think about it. And I've never had any
problems with viruses. Maybe there's a lesson to be learned." 

Separately on Wednesday, President Bush's new cyberspace security
adviser announced plans for a secure network for government use. Richard
Clarke said the network would be called GOVNET -- and would not be
connected to the Internet because of the hacker-terrorist threat.

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