2002 Computer Privacy Achievements


Critical Information Infrastructure Protection

    • Lobbied for passage of legislation as part of the Department of Homeland Security bill to promote the voluntary sharing of cybersecurity information between the private sector and Federal government.
    • Opposed transfer of NIST’s Computer Security Division from the Department of Commerce to the proposed new Department of Homeland Security because it would reduce CSD’s independence and credibility in working on cybersecurity standards.
    • Supported Congress significantly increasing authorized spending on basic cybersecurity research and the Administration’s budget proposals for increased funding for cyber security.
    • Monitored hearings on why the September 11th¬†tragedy occurred to ensure they did not become a forum for those seeking a roll-back on encryption (e.g. Freeh’s testimony on October 8th before the Joint Intelligence Committees).
    • Monitored the development of the Administration’s evolving cyber security plans, including formulation of the National Strategy, regarding the potential for regulatory actions; responded to the Administration’s questions about the National Strategy.
    • Assessed the deteriorating situation with respect to general export control legislation (EAA reauthorization) to ensure it did not become an attractive vehicle for those seeking a roll-back on encryption.
    • Educated the FTC staff working on OECD security guidelines and spoke at their May security workshop about the right way to protect cybersecurity.
    • Maintained the ACP presence through discussions with the press and speeches at the RSA Security Conference in San Jose (February) and a Scientific American conference in New York (March).