House Passes Federal Computer Security Measure

    Date30 Oct 2000
    CategoryGovernment
    3222
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The House of Representatives quietly approved legislation designed to bolster computer security at civilian federal agencies. By voice vote, the House passed the Computer Security Enhancement Act, which was introduced in 1999 by House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., in . . . The House of Representatives quietly approved legislation designed to bolster computer security at civilian federal agencies. By voice vote, the House passed the Computer Security Enhancement Act, which was introduced in 1999 by House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., in response to growing concerns about hacker attacks on federal agencies.

    Among other things, H.R. 2413 would require the National Institute of Science and Technology to serve as a computer security consultant for other federal civilian agencies. In that role, NIST would advise agencies on what "off-the-shelf" computer security products met with the government's approval.

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