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[] US-Justizministerium (incl. FBI) soll neues IT-Netzwerk bekommen,

Jetzt endlich auch mit einer Public Key Infrastruktur - da hat das nicht
gerade als innovationsfreudig bekannte Pentagon doch gerade die erste
Mio. Schluessel vergeben... Vgl.
Government Computer News, 29.7.2002

Justice plans new network, PKI 

By Wilson P. Dizard III 
GCN Staff

The Justice Department intends to consolidate its data networks and
implement a public-key infrastructure, according to a plan it issued

Attorney general John Ashcroft has approved the plan and the department
will begin implementing it immediately, said Andy Anderson, special
assistant to Justice CIO Vance Hitch. 

The department?s IT Strategic Plan points out that Justice runs more
than 250 systems, most of them legacy applications developed by
component organizations to meet specific needs. 

?This approach has introduced an unnecessary level of cost, complexity
and risk, and inadvertently created technical barriers to sharing
information,? the plan said. To impose order on the department?s IT, the
plan proposes adopting an infrastructure architecture to assure
interoperability and create technical standards for Justice systems. 

The proposed single, national data network would replace existing
systems such as the Justice Consolidated Network, which relies on Sprint
Corp.?s public-switched backbone. According to the plan, the department
operates a potpourri of networks to serve its components around the
nation and the headquarters in Washington region. 

The new network would use TCP/IP. ?It will emphasize promoting
information sharing, providing enhanced security across the board and
ensuring continuity of network operations,? the plan said. An appendix
to the plan recommended that Justice outsource the operation of the new

To improve systems security, the department has developed a database
that tracks the remediation of security weaknesses, the plan said. ?This
database is a single repository of findings and corrective actions
identified through the component certification and accreditation
activities, [inspector general] audits, penetration testing and other
reviews (including the self-assessments required under the Government
Information Security Reform Act).? 

The plan for a PKI calls for Justice to implement the technology to
strengthen and promote information sharing across organizational
boundaries. The PKI initiative also would promote the department?s
e-government plans by establishing a framework for communicating with
law enforcement agencies across federal, state and local governments. 

?A departmentwide PKI effort will ensure consistency in approach,
minimize duplication of effort, and reduce requirements for cross
component verification and validation,? the plan said. 

The plan also endorses common systems for use departmentwide where
duplicate systems serve similar needs, a strategy for business process
re-engineering, an e-government plan, a strengthened role for the
department?s CIO and a IT work force plan.

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