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[] FedCIRC will mit Uni-CERTs kooperieren,

FedCIRC will work with university?s CERT

Government Computer News
By Jason Miller,
GCN Staff 

The Federal Computer Incident Response Center is putting together a
pilot to stop hacker attacks on agency Web sites. FedCIRC, a General
Services Administration unit that is to be part of the proposed Homeland
Security Department, is joining with Carnegie Mellon University?s CERT
Coordination Center to collect and analyze data from sensors in agency
firewalls and intrusion detection systems. ?We want to give agencies
some analysis so they know more about incidents that occur on their
sites,? said Sallie McDonald, assistant commissioner in the Federal
Technology Service?s Office of Information Assurance and Critical
Infrastructure Protection. ?We also will  feed the data to FedCIRC so we
can do the same kind of analysis governmentwide.? 

McDonald said agency managers could go to the FedCIRC portal to watch
what is happening agencywide and governmentwide. ?We will be able to see
trends and warn agencies if we see an attack occurring in government,?
she said.

Four or five agencies will take part in the pilot this fall, and full
implementation would occur about a year later, McDonald said. 

Meanwhile, FedCIRC will issue two requests for proposals this summer.
One will be for a secure knowledge management portal for federal
employees involved in network security, McDonald said. Systems
administrators, CIOs and other officials would have access there to
FedCIRC tools and services and could communicate with each other in a
secure environment. The portal also would provide access to FedCIRC?s
security patch management site that Science Applications International
Corp. is developing. 

The second RFP will be for packaging a security tool kit of federally
developed programs from the National Institute for Science and
Technology and the National Security Agency. 

?These are all tools that have been tested by government that agencies
could use at no cost,? McDonald said. ?We want to cut down on expense
and standardize the types of security tools used across government so
assessments are done similarly.? 

© 2002 PostNewsweek Tech Media, a division of Post Newsweek Media

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