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By Dennis Fisher  |  Posted 2002-08-23 Print this article Print

: High Barriers"> Some feel that the governments internecine rivalries and information-sharing rules will hamstring any attempt at centralized collection and analysis. "There are such high barriers in government to being able to disseminate information and adjusting the environment to react to threats, I dont think it will have much impact," said William Harrod, director of investigative response at TruSecure Corp. in Herndon, Va., and a former FBI computer forensic specialist. "Theyll have different information coming in from different analysts, and theyll have to weed through it."
The proposed strategy recommends that the center be partially federally funded, but it would inevitably impose new costs on the private sector without commensurate benefits, critics charged.
"Government doesnt have a good track record when it comes to collecting and disseminating massive volumes of data," said Kevin Baradet, network systems director at Cornell Universitys Johnson Graduate School of Management in Ithaca, N.Y. "We could be drowning in data, most of it noise." Then there are the privacy concerns. "Whatever the federal government wants to do with its own data is OK with me as long as it doesnt waste my personal and corporate tax dollars," said Karl Keller, president of custom software developer IS Power Inc., in Thousand Oaks, Calif. "The privacy aspects, however, concern me greatly. This sounds like a dramatic and evil expansion of Echelon and Carnivore." The strategy also calls on the FBI, Secret Service and Federal Trade Commission to establish a single system for corporations to report Internet fraud and extortion, illegal hacking, and unauthorized network intrusions. It recommends that the federal government systematically collect data on cybercrime victims and cyber-intrusions from businesses. The administration hopes to assuage industry fears by recommending legislative changes--including exemptions from Freedom of Information Act requirements and exemption from antitrust laws--that would reduce liability for companies turning over communications to law enforcement. Look for updates on next week. Related stories:
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