Government, industry talk about protecting critical IT

Government, industry talk about protecting critical IT

Federal and industry experts discussed the foundation of IT security earlier this month at a conference hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology at its main campus in Gaithersburg, Md.

The conference, Securing the Nation's Critical IT Infrastructure, focused on planning for continuity of operations in emergency situations. Speakers drew on lessons learned from the Sept. 11 attacks and talked about how to incorporate them within federal guidelines and regulations.

The event was sponsored by the National Information Assurance Partnership, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and the Association of Government Accountants.

Government, industry talk   about protecting critical IT

Top photo: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich opens the discussion with a keynote speech.

Above left: Erika Langerman, chief of the Information Systems Security Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes part in the 'Ground Zero' panel discussion.

Above middle: Robert Dacey, director of information security issues for the General Accounting Office, talks about contingency planning.

Above right: Don Christian of PricewaterhouseCoopers addresses lessons learned from Sept. 11.

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