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Bush Security Plan Questioned; U.S. Company to Take Over Karzai Safety; Wireless Hitchhikers Branded As Thieves

Sep 19, 20022 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Bush Security Plan Questioned

Critics faulted the Bush administration’s cybersecurity plan, claiming the government had dropped some of the more stringent recommendations, according to an article in today’s Boston Globe. The Globe quotes a Microsoft security expert saying the plan needs to be stronger. In a similar story, the Washington Post accuses the government of caving to industry pressure to weaken the recommendations.U.S. Company to Take Over Karzai SafetyNew York Times. One company the State Department is considering is DynCorp of Reston, Va., which already has numerous government contracts

it recruits retired police officers for United Nations peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and pilots for American-financed counterdrug operations in Colombia. Some U.S. lawmakers criticize the plan. Representatives Henry J. Hyde (R.-Ill.) and Tom Lantos (D.-Calif.) urged the State Department and the Pentagon to combine forces to protect Mr. Karzai rather than hire a private company. “Experience with such contractors elsewhere leads us to believe that the presence of commercial vendors acting in this capacity would send a different message to the Afghan people and to President Karzais adversaries: that we are not serious enough about our commitment to Afghanistan to dispatch U.S. personnel,” the lawmakers wrote.

The State Department plans to hire a private company to help protect President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, a job currently handled by American Special Operations soldiers, according to a story in todays

Wireless Hitchhikers Branded As Thieves

the placing of chalk symbols on walls and pavements at places where people can use wireless net accesssaying that it could encourage hacking. According to a BBC News report today, phone maker Nokia has joined the chorus of criticism by saying that anyone who sits outside an office and uses a company’s wireless network to do their own web surfing is stealing.

Security experts have raised questions about warchalking