Treat Y2K fixes and security as one, expert says

Treat Y2K fixes and security as one, expert says

Certain year 2000 fixes have the potential to compromise network security, according to Bill Keith, chief knowledge officer at Unisource Network Services Inc. of Annandale, Va.

'Whenever you start changing elements of your LANs and WANs because of year 2000, it's important to go back and revisit' the security settings, Keith said.

Under a recent task order from the Volpe Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Mass., Unisource has written a new security plan for the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA and all other agencies have a mandate under Presidential Directive 63, issued May 22 last year, to increase security protection for critical infrastructure and information systems.

'Security goes hand in hand with Y2K,' Keith said.

'If you make any changes Y2K-wise, you'd better be doing security changes as well,' he said.

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