Amit Yoran, the government's cybersecurity chief, abruptly resigned Thursday after one year with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a move that raised serious questions about the Bush administration's ability to quickly improve the nation's cybersecurity.
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A Democratic congresswoman from President George W. Bush's home state plans to put the issue of electronic voting security and integrity in the spotlight at this week's Democratic National Convention.
A former California political candidate who lost the March 2004 race for Riverside County Board of Supervisors by only 45 votes filed a lawsuit Friday against the county after she was denied access to the memory and audit logs of the electronic voting systems used during the election.
Stimulated by the war in Iraq, increased threats of terrorist attacks and the formation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the federal IT market could top US$68 billion by 2008, a new study predicts.
While the anticipated recovery of commercial IT markets never quite materialized in 2002, "the federal government remains an attractive marketplace based on its sheer size and consistent spending patterns," according to the Federal IT Market Forecast released by Chantilly, Va.-based Input. "Projected increases of 13 percent in [fiscal] 2003 spending over [fiscal] 2002 mean that the government is actually an engine of growth," the report stated.
An antiquated IT infrastructure and cultural turf battles among the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and various intelligence agencies resulted in a lack of information sharing and analysis that contributed to the national security community's failure to head off the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to the results of a congressional investigation.
As they struggle to survive an economic downturn that's being exacerbated by the war in Iraq, U.S. airlines are taking an increasingly demanding look at return on investment and "transformational" benefits before funding IT projects.
Already trying to recover from US$18 billion in losses since the Sept. 11 attacks, the airlines now face the prospect of losing another $10 billion and tens of thousands more jobs if the war in Iraq lasts longer than expected, according to the International Air Transport Association. As a result, the pressure on airline IT departments to prove the ROI and cost-reduction benefits of new IT projects has never been greater, according to some industry executives.
Isaac Yeffet is the former director of global security at El Al Israel Airlines, whose record on security and passenger screening is unsurpassed. At El Al, Yeffet was responsible for formulating the airline's total security system, developing passenger-profiling and -screening programs and training security personnel. Yeffet is also a former senior intelligence director for the Israeli Secret Service, where he oversaw security for all Israeli embassies, consulates and delegations worldwide.
Now president of Yeffet Security Consultants Inc., a New York-based firm that specializes in airline security, Yeffet is fighting an uphill battle to convince anybody who will listen, especially members of Congress, that the billions of dollars being spent on information technologies to secure airports and borders is merely window dressing. Computerworld interviewed Yeffet via telephone from his New York office.
It's January 2000, and the world hasn't imploded under the weight of the Y2K problem. Planes aren't falling out of the sky, and trains aren't careering off their tracks. But in a few short months, Craig Goldberg's start-up will come face to face with a more sinister threat that will take it to the brink of disaster: cybercrime.
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