Emergency telecom security meeting called

The President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee will hold an open meeting March 11 to discuss the immediate actions government should take to secure the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure.

A report released earlier this week by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general charged that the National Communications System was not fully prepared to carry out procurements needed to support DHS’s disaster assistance during the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricane season.

The committee will have less than a day to submit its findings to President Barack Obama for his ongoing review of federal cybersecurity policy.

Next week’s meeting will discuss government’s role in securing and protecting critical infrastructures and private sector networks; adequacy of related federal laws, regulations and policies; organizational structures needed to support national security and emergency preparedness communications needs in a converged environment; and actions related to the above issues which require immediate attention.

For more information, contact Sue Daage at 703-235-5526 or by e-mail at sue.daage@dhs.gov.

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