President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC): Information Sharing/Critical Infrastructure Protection Task Force Report [May 2000]   [open pdf - 179KB]

This President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) report discusses recommendations following the 22nd meeting of the NSTAC specifically regarding "advances toward the goals of Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 63¹, including mechanisms and processes for protected, operational information sharing to achieve these goals and for furthering the role of the National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications (NCC) as an Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) for telecommunications. Continue interaction with Government leaders responsible for PDD-63 implementation. The IS/CIP Task Force examined information that would advance operational information sharing by focusing on the historical and Year 2000 (Y2K) experiences of the NCC, including the experiences of the Government and the NSTAC Network Security Information Exchanges (NSIEs). Additionally, operational and real-time data from industry was harvested from the 16 years of experience with joint industry/Government information sharing in the NCC. The NSIEs provided a rich source of data on industry's network security experiences and its willingness to share those experiences. Among the lessons learned, the IS/CIP Task Force recognized that the increased level of information sharing that appears to be necessary for CIP will require overcoming operational and perceived impediments. Remedies such as information sharing agreements and exemptions from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) need to be explored further. The IS/CIP Task Force addressed PDD-63 goals embodied in the National Plan for Information Systems Protection and the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security through a detailed evaluation of the Plan, including the impact of the Plan on industry; an assessment of the value that industry could provide Government; and finally, through meetings with Government officials in which the IS/CIP Task Force provided a clear assessment of industry's added value. Recommendations for several principles for inclusion in the National Plan were also provided to the Government. Information and lessons learned in securing the Public Network from cybercrime and disaster were shared at a variety of meetings that took place across industry sector infrastructures."

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