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[ISN] NIST security division expands role


By Diane Frank 
April 2, 2003

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Computer 
Security Division will be playing a significant role in the Bush 
administration's cybersecurity strategy, according to Howard Schmidt, 
acting chairman of the President's Cybersecurity Board.

The NIST division did not move to the new Information Analysis and 
Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) Directorate at the Homeland Security 
Department (DHS), as originally set out in the White House's plan. 

Discussions are under way to determine how the organization can and 
will contribute to the implementation of the National Strategy to 
Secure Cyberspace, Schmidt said. "Their role will be bigger now than 
it ever has been in the past," he said.

Schmidt also is working with the recently appointed IAIP directorate 
leaders to make sure that all of the work being done by the 
President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board -- dissolved in a 
February executive order -- is carried over into DHS.

DHS Secretary Tom Ridge has met with the group several times to ensure 
that none of work is lost in the transition, Schmidt said.

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