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Bush Approves Cybersecurity Strategy

By Brian Krebs Staff Writer
Friday, January 31, 2003; 1:03 PM 

President Bush has approved the White House's long-awaited national
cybersecurity strategy, a landmark document intended to guide
government and industry efforts to protect the nation's most critical
information systems from cyberattack.

In an e-mail sent Thursday to White House officials, cybersecurity
adviser Richard Clarke said that the National Strategy to Secure
Cyberspace has received Bush's signature and will be released to the
public in the next few weeks. The strategy has been in development
since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Bush signed the cybersecurity strategy nearly a week after the
"Sapphire" Internet worm slowed Web traffic and disrupted bank cash
machine services, airline flights and other critical parts of the
Internet infrastructure.

The strategy is expected to recommend steps industry and government
can take to improve the nation's computer security posture. The
majority of the document likely will direct the government to lead by
example and tighten the security of federal information systems.

Clarke on Thursday also confirmed media reports that he will resign
after 30 years of public service. His deputy, Howard Schmidt, has
assumed his duties, Clarke said.

The nation's first cybersecurity "czar" used his e-mail to colleagues
to warn once again that communications systems are vulnerable to
attacks from many fronts.

"With slight modifications, the results of the worm would have been
more significant. More sophisticated attacks against known
vulnerabilities in cyberspace could be devastating," Clarke wrote. "As
long as we have vulnerabilities in cyberspace and as long as America
has enemies, we are at risk of the two coming together to severely
damage our great country."

Schmidt, formerly chief security officer for Microsoft Corp., brings
to the job a deep understanding of the need for industry and
government to work together on cybersecurity, said Alan Paller,
research director for the SANS Institute, a non-profit security
research and training group.

"He has one particularly valuable characteristic that no other federal
security leader has in that he has actually fought the bad guys both
in defending the networks at Microsoft and within the government,"  
Paller said. "As long as people above him don't tie his hands behind
his back, he could bring some wonderful initiatives for improving
federal and Internet security."

Schmidt also was a career military officer who directed the Air Force
Office of Special Investigations, Computer Forensics Lab and Computer
Crime and Information Warfare division.

It remains unclear how Schmidt's cybersecurity role at the White House
will tie in with the infrastructure protection responsibilities of the
new Department of Homeland Security.

"The real question is who's going to have their hands on the wheel on
cybersecurity," said James Lewis, director for technology and public
policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "It's
not clear where the board is going to fit into this new structure and
how much influence it will have over the new department."

The White House has so far been unable to fill top leadership posts at
the Homeland Security department's division charged with protecting
the Internet and other communications systems from attacks.

The administration's first choice to run the Information Analysis and
Infrastructure Protection Division was former Defense Intelligence
Agency Director James Clapper.

Clapper, a retired Air Force lieutenant and the head of the National
Imagery and Mapping Center, unexpectedly pulled his name from

John Tritak, former director of the Critical Infrastructure Assurance
Office and pegged as the administration's pick for deputy
undersecretary for infrastructure protection at the Homeland Security
Department, is still a name under consideration, though he recently
left the government.

Another noted name in online security, Ron Dick, director of the FBI's
cyber threat and warning bureau, has also resigned from government

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