Bennett recommends shifting Y2K resources to security

Bennett recommends shifting Y2K resources to security

By Christopher J. Dorobek
GCN Staff

FEB. 1— The Clinton administration ought to use the year 2000 Information Coordination Center for the government's computer security efforts, the Senate's point man on the year 2000 problem said today.

The Office of Management and Budget next month is expected to recommend that the administration dismantle the $50 million ICC and distribute its equipment to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. However, Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem, recommended keeping the ICC in place.

Some officials working on cybersecurity are pushing to use the center as a focal point for reconstituting systems in the event of a cyberattack.

Bennett said he agrees with Dick Clarke, the national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counterterrorism, that the facility should be kept together.

Bennett spoke during a forum reviewing the year 2000 efforts sponsored by Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

Meanwhile, there are lingering questions about the future of the Senate year 2000 committee. Bennett is interested in shifting the committee from year 2000 to cybersecurity, but has met resistance from the other committees that share jurisdiction.

Bennett said he sent a memo to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott Monday outlining three options for the future of the Senate year 2000 committee: designate one committee as having jurisdiction, form another special committee or task force that would focus on cross-cutting technology issues, or delay the decision altogether.

There is no timetable for making a decision, Bennett said.

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