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RE: White House asks industry to develop secure federal network
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 03:33:14 -0600 (CST)

Forwarded from: Thomas Roy Garner <tirzahtom () yahoo com>

Regarding the creation of a new net, GovNet, simply b/c "viruses are
getting smarter".  Is the concern for a new Intranet for Government
agencies b/c of viruses or the need for a new intranet?

If it's against viruses, and it's based on Microsoft technologies,
then those same virus problems will still be there.  People can
introduce a macro-virus inadvertently to the intranet via a Word
document or someone could slip up and let a full blown virus penetrate
onto the intranet via the internet.

Just hope the "logic" for this intranet is not based on virus problems
that our own security personnel should be fixing...

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By Bara Vaida
National Journal's Technology Daily
October 25, 2001

President Bush's special adviser on cybersecurity on Wednesday told
hundreds of information technology specialists that he wants the
private sector's recommendations on how to build a secure nationwide
intranet for government agencies and their estimates on its cost.

Richard Clarke also said the private sector would build the intranet,
to be called Govnet, and then lease it back to the government in
exchange for a service fee.

"We want to build as secure an intranet as possible--one that
taxpayers can rely on to be 100 percent safe ... a network that is
separate from the routers connected to the Internet," Clarke told IT
officials gathered at the Commerce Department.


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