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[] NIPC steht vor größerer Umstrukturierung,

Es soll angelehnt werden an die Strukturen und Arbeitsweisen a) des
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) oder des National
Communications System (NCS).

FBI's NIPC eyes major restructuring,4125,NAV47_STO67424,00.html

January 16, 2002

The FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) is
preparing for what could be a radical overhaul of its structure and
how it works with other federal agencies and the private sector.

NIPC Director Ron Dick said in an interview last week that he has been
in discussions with both the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the National Communications System (NCS) in an
effort to decide which agency's organizational model is better suited
to the NIPC. He said he expects to make a decision in the next few

"We're going to adopt one of the two because those models have been
out there for a long time," said Dick. However, he said, "We're still
trying to figure out the best method to do that and keep the private
sector on a level playing field."

The NIPC, based at FBI headquarters, was formed in 1998 to handle
threat assessment, investigations and responses to any attacks on
critical U.S. infrastructures.

The Atlanta-based CDC fulfills a mission similar to that of the NIPC,
in that it conducts surveillance, detection and analysis of health
threats throughout the nation, issuing warnings when necessary. The
CDC is a major operating component of the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services. It has 11 subcomponents. Each subcomponent has a
different specialty, but all of them have the mission of entering into
information-sharing partnerships with federal, state and local
government agencies.

Founded in 1962 in the aftermath of communications failures during the
Cuban missile crisis, the NCS is made up of 22 federal agencies and
advises the president on key telecommunications issues and policies.  
Each agency provides a representative to sit on a Committee of

According to Dick, by adopting the model of either the CDC or the NCS,
the NIPC would take a major step toward overcoming one of its key
challenges: tapping into the expertise in various aspects of critical
infrastructure protection that resides in many places throughout the
government and the private sector.

In the past, the NIPC has studied ways of acquiring direct assistance
from private-sector experts, including a provision that would allow
the U.S. Attorney General to accept what is known as a "gift of
services" from a private company. However, the Clinton administration
ruled out that option, claiming it would create a conflict of interest
and other legal obstacles, said Dick.

"You can't task them to do anything because they're not federal
employees," he said.

Alan Paller, director of the SANS Institute in Bethesda, Md., said the
NIPC has been looking at the CDC model for three years and in many
ways is already moving in that direction.

"CDC's prevention work, such as [administering] flu shots, is
especially important, and I see a push by NIPC in that direction as
well," said Paller, referring to NIPC's mission to facilitate the
distribution of vaccines to fight computer viruses.

"The mature model at CDC could offer some wonderful guidelines for
long-term planning at NIPC," said Paller.

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