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IT security posse seeks quick fixes

From her kitchen table, Sallie McDonald led the government’s response to the MSBlaster worm. “A situation can happen anywhere, at anytime, and we have to get together to spring into action,” said McDonald, a senior executive in the National Cybersecurity Division at the Homeland Security Department. When news of MSBlaster struck, McDonald happened to be at home. She kicked off the first of many teleconferences with other federal officials to make sure the government was protected from the virus, which this month attacked systems running Microsoft Windows. “We started seeing indications at 4 p.m. and within an hour or two, we convened a teleconference to get working on it,” said McDonald, who also runs the Federal Computer Incident Response Center. As the first warnings spread about the worm, FedCIRC sent an e-mail alert to all federal CIOs and select officials in the Office of Management and Budget advising them of the potential for problems. Full Story

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