The following are the Meeting notes for the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) on Wednesday, January 8, 2003. "The meeting was called to order and formally opened by Mr. Tritak in his role as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) of the NIAC. Mr. Davidson thanked everyone and mentioned that he hoped the NIAC would reach agreement on the document to be sent to President Bush. The members debated adding 'additional regulation' to paragraph #3 in order to address concerns that were raised, and agreed that this simple change would be satisfactory. Also, the members agreed that the Federal government's purchasing power and market forces were strong enough to ensure that vendors did indeed use security testing and validation procedures for information security products that protect critical infrastructure owners' and operators' systems. As a result, the members agreed to delete the word 'mandatory' from that section. Next, the NIAC members discussed the need to include regulation to ensure interoperability requirements. Members expressed the view that use of regulation to force interoperability is difficult and presents a significant burden for small companies. The members decided to recommend that the Federal Government leverage its purchasing power to achieve these results, along with support of 'open standards' compliance in the procurement process."
DHS National Infrastructure Advisory Council: http://www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/committees/editorial_0353.shtm
National Infrastructure Advisory Council Meeting. Washington, DC. January 8, 2003