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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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