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Security Vendors on Same Page; NSA to Upgrade Monitoring Capabilities; Democrats Vow to Pass New Security Agency Despite Filibuster

Oct 02, 20022 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Security Vendors on Same Page

Several leading network security firms today will unveil products aimed at the most common network security threats, lending credence to the White House’s cybersecurity philosophy that business will take care of itself, according to an article in today’s Washington Post. The Post reports that many security companies have been working together to identify and counteract major threats.

NSA to Upgrade Monitoring CapabilitiesAssociated Press, the National Security Agency, the largest U.S. intelligence agency, has signed a $282 million contract with Science Applications International Corp to help upgrade the technology it uses to sift through the huge volume of telephone conversations, e-mail and other worldwide communications chatter it monitors. Most details about the contract are classified, as is most information about the security agency. But analysts said the deal reflects the growing challenge of electronic eavesdropping.

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Democrats Vow to Pass New Security Agency Despite FilibusterNew York Times. But with no sign of a breakthrough in a partisan dispute over Civil Service protections, the prospect for passage by year’s end appeared dim. Republicans refused today to end their filibuster against a Democratic plan to protect job security in the proposed antiterrorism department, defeating a motion to end debate.

Senate Democratic leaders vowed yesterday to approve a Homeland Security Department, even if that meant staying in session for weeks, according to a story in todays