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[] Neue US-Cybersicherheitsstrategie kommt im Juni,

White House Cybersecurity 'Strategy' Due In June 

By David McGuire, Newsbytes
25 Jan 2002, 3:26 PM CST

The White House will avoid calling for legislative edicts when it rolls
out its sweeping national cybersecurity "strategy" later this year, a
senior Bush administration official said today. 

Speaking at a technology conference here, White House Director of
Critical Infrastructure Protection Paul Kurtz said that the
cybersecurity strategy - which is due out June - would include extensive
input from private-sector contributors. 

"If we don't have buy-in from the private sector, we're not going to get
anywhere," Kurtz said. "We want to avoid regulation." 

"I think it's going to be very difficult for the government to tell the
transportation sector (for instance) how to secure its systems," Kurtz

Kurtz added that the cybersecurity strategy, which Bush ordered created
last year, would seek to outline "market-based" motivations for
companies in various sectors to beef up their electronic security. 

But while the cybersecurity strategy may not include legislative
components, Kurtz said that the Bush administration would, "over time,"
develop legislative recommendations surrounding cybersecurity. 

Kurtz said that the White House already supports legislation that would
create limited exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
for companies that
want to share information with the government about electronic attacks. 

Many companies complain that they cannot tell the government when their
systems are compromised because they fear the media will get hold of
those reports by invoking FOIA. A key tool for news organizations, FOIA
allows the public to obtain government documents. 

Congress has already pondered legislation that would establish limited
FOIA exemptions, but Kurtz declined to expressly endorse any of the
proposals currently

Kurtz also outlined some of the steps the government is already taking
to strengthen federal cybersecurity. Kurtz said that the Bush
administration continues to weigh its options for creating a more secure
network for sensitive government communications (under a proposal called
GovNet) and remains committed to its Cyber Corps program, which gives
engineering students incentives to take government jobs. 

Once released, the cybersecurity strategy will be made widely available
online and will address cybersecurity as it relates to both the public
and private sector. 

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15:26 CST 
© 2001 The Washington Post Company

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