Senate Delay Muddles Security Reporting

    Date08 Oct 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    2976
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    As the bill authorizing the proposed Department of Homeland Security languishes in the Senate, government officials are discussing the possibility of informally consolidating federal information security agencies, according to sources familiar with the plan. . . As the bill authorizing the proposed Department of Homeland Security languishes in the Senate, government officials are discussing the possibility of informally consolidating federal information security agencies, according to sources familiar with the plan.

    The effort would take the place, at least temporarily, of more formal consolidation spelled out in the Homeland Security proposal, sources said. Specifically, the new plan calls for the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, the Federal Computer Incident Response Center and other organizations to begin meeting on a regular basis, weekly perhaps, and share duties and results from their operations, they said.

    The move comes amid growing concern among security experts that delays in the passing of the bill are hampering sorely needed efforts to improve vulnerability reporting and response.

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