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White House rewriting core security policy document

The changes take into account post-9/11 homeland security requirements. The Bush administration is rewriting the document that signaled the beginning of the federal government’s efforts to deal with critical-infrastructure protection and cybersecurity to take into account post-Sept. 11 homeland security requirements. Signed by President Bill Clinton on May 22, 1998, Presidential Decision Directive-63 (PDD-63) made it the policy of the U.S. government to lead a public/private partnership aimed at eliminating all major vulnerabilities to the nation’s critical physical and cyber infrastructures. In addition to setting a 2003 deadline for the establishment of a defense against intentional cyberattacks aimed at critical infrastructure, PDD-63 also created the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) — now part of the Department of Homeland Security — and encouraged private-sector participation through information sharing and analysis centers (ISAC). Now the Bush administration is poised to release a version of that document that will be recast under the title Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD). Full Story

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