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[] GovNet ist noch nicht beschlossene Sache,


 White House computer expert says GovNet is not a certainty 

 By Drew Clark, National Journal's Technology Daily 

 The vice chairman of a board charged with coordinating a plan to defend
the nation's computer networks said on Monday that the Bush
administration is not certain whether it will proceed with its plan for
GovNet, a government-only intranet. 
 The Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, the recently reformulated
executive-branch group charged with overseeing the security of computer
networks, is "in the process of reviewing" more than 160 responses to a
request for information about the GovNet proposal, said Howard Schmidt,
who recently left his job as Microsoft's former top security official to
become vice chairman of the board under Richard Clarke, the White House
cyber-security adviser.
 The proposal called for the creation of a private network with no
interconnections or gateways to the Internet. "GovNet will support
critical government functions and will be immune from malicious service
and/or functional disruptions to which the shared public networks are
vulnerable," according to the proposal. 
 Schmidt said the questions the board is posing about GovNet include:
"What does it cost, what does it do, and does it make sense to do this?"
He addressed the issue at a conference on Internet authentication and
computer security sponsored by the Center for Strategic and
International Studies and the Information Technology Association of
 Several people in the technology industry and civil liberties groups
have raised concerns that GovNet would be too expensive and could
segregate important government resources. Clarke said in a November
interview that he expected the government to make a decision on the
matter by February and said in an October press release that "planning
for this network has been going on for several months."
 Although Schmidt said he and Clarke agreed that such a system is worthy
of consideration, he added that "we currently don't know" whether to go
forward with it. 
 Schmidt also reviewed some of the other top priorities of the board,
including: coordinating the activities of the National Infrastructure
Protection Center to educate companies and computer users about a
recently discovered flaw in the Simple Network Management Protocol,
which facilitates management information between network devices;
collaborating with industry groups to form information-sharing and
analysis centers; and devising a plan to permit communication by cell
phone in emergencies. 
 In response to a question, he also reiterated the administration's
support for legislation, S. 1456 and H.R. 2435, that would exempt
businesses from certain provisions in the Freedom of Information Act for
sharing information about computer vulnerabilities with ISACs and the

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