About PKI Isn't
Always Common Knowledge
a special essay for Government Computer News, Government security
czar Richard Guida says myths obscure the fact that public-key technology
is the best bet.
"Access with Trust" Is
January 5, 1999--A
new report, Access With Trust, describes a technology essential
to achieving the Access America vision of providing electronic access
to government services by 2000. "Public/private key" technology
provides important tools for agencies working to replace paper forms,
toll-free telephone lines, and mail-in envelopes with totally electronic
services. This report was published by the Government Information
Technology Services Board, the Office of Management and Budget,
and the Federal Public Key Infrastructure Steering Committee. The
document is available at http://gits-sec.treas.gov.
Be Gone--How to Report and Recover When a Virus Attacks
need to move fast when a virus like Melissa hits. The Federal Computer
Incident Response Capability (FedCIRC) program issues advisories
about marauders, let's you report a break in, and gives you solutions
for overcoming the evil bug. This program is funded by the Government
Information Technology Services Board's Innovation Fund. It was
a 1998 winner of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC)/GITSB Award
for Promoting Electronic Government. The Melissa advisory is a joint
effort with Carnegie-Mellon University.
We're Looking for
Federal workers are doing amazing things to deliver
government services electronically. But Americans value their privacy.
They want their personal information kept confidential, no matter
what. Thus they want electronic services accompanied by security
and privacy safeguards they can trust. Access America Online Magazine
wants to tell what federal agencies are doing to keep electronic
We are looking for stories about federal agencies, or multi-agency
partnerships, that are developing national privacy and security policies as
well as technical solutions that Americans can count on.
These stories can be short, as in a "byte" of about 150 words, or they can
be longer feature stories. Write feature stories in plain language with
quotes from customers who experience the service electronically and quotes
from federal employees and their partners who deliver the service.
Include a contact person with phone number and email address. Send
your stories to email@example.com
or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you
need more information, call Pat Wood, National Partnership for
Reinventing Government, (202) 694-0063. Please pass this request along
to others who may be interested.