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Commerce to fund IT security

A senior Commerce Department official said funding will be poured into information technology security this year, emphasizing that contractors they work with will begin to provide background checks for their employees. Michael Sade, director for acquisition management and procurement executive, said the real impact of IT security isn’t going to be on the technology side, but on the personnel side — such as ensuring vendors have security clearances. Other security considerations would mean looking at overseas companies that provide help desk services and where they’re located, he said at a Federal Sources Inc. executive breakfast today. Federal agencies have been increasingly demanding security clearances for contractor employees, especially since the 2001 terrorist attacks. Commerce officials plan to implement such requirements soon, said Sade, who pointed to reports by the department’s Office of Inspector General that cite where improvements can be made. Full Story

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