David Gewirtz

David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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DHS asks industry to help with cybersecurity

Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff underscored the department's emphasis on cybersecurity, speaking at the InfraGard National Conference in Washington on Wednesday, according to PC World. Chertoff called for a "21st century style of organization" with government agencies working closely with private companies.

August 11, 2005 by ZDNet

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Court fight ahead over VoIP wiretap ruling

Companies offering voice services over the Internet are likely to fight the FCC’s recent ruling that VoIP services are subject to wiretaps (PDF), just like traditional phone providers. Kurt Opsahl, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TopTechNews, "It's likely, because it really stretches the [Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)] statute to the breaking point," he told TopTechNews.

August 11, 2005 by ZDNet

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National Vulnerabilities Database launched

The National Institute of  Standards and Technology has launched the National Vulnerabilities Database (NVD), a comprehensive collection of computer security weaknesses. NVD collates cybersecurity warnings from various US government sources, including the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT).

August 10, 2005 by ZDNet

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DHS tests RFID at ports

The Dept. of Homeland Security is moving forward with the next phase of testing of its US-VISIT program, a battery of security measures to collect biometric and biographic information from visitors crossing US border ports.

August 10, 2005 by ZDNet

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DHS starts new IT procedures

The Department of Homeland Security today announed two new programs for how DHS acquires technology, one for services and one for commodities, according to a DHS press release. “These programs, when fully in place, will satisfy the vast majority of DHS information task requirements,” said press officer Scott Charbo.

August 9, 2005 by ZDNet

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Wisconsin IT department under fire over HP catalog

Wisconsin IT officials are feeling a little heat after appearing in HP's latest Government Solutions catalog (PDF). Department of Administration Marc Marotta appears on the cover and several other IT personnel are shown in a spread profiling Wisconsin's streamlined computer operations, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

August 9, 2005 by ZDNet

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All about ITIL

Government Technology has a long piece explaining ITIL, the framework of IT best practices created in the UK, and why it's only just now catching on in the US. ITIL, or the IT Information Library, is a series of 10 volumes that address service delivery and support across numerous disciplines.

August 9, 2005 by ZDNet

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