Ridge: Security has similarities to Y2K rollover

Ridge: Security has similarities to Y2K rollover

The director of homeland security vowed recently to take on the nation's security tasks the way the government took on year 2000 systems preparations. The only difference: This task won't end when the next new year begins, Tom Ridge said.

Ridge was the keynote speaker at a Council for Excellence in Government lunch in Washington late last month where he explained how technology must be used to help keep the nation safe.

'We must define the mission first and build the technology around it,' he said. 'Once we do that, we are using technology to achieve our goals.'

Ridge highlighted three IT applications: satellite cell phones similar to those used for disaster preparedness at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a health network for public health officials and a visa entry-exit system.

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