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Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Many organizations have tried to use obscurity as part of their security plans.  By not linking to sites, they calculate that outsiders will be unaware of the existince of their unsecure web applications.  Unfortunately, these things may well be discovered by spiders and easily discovered through some very simple search techniques.  Wired points out how Google was used to discover a medical database with easy access to patient information files.  more in Wired Magazine

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"If once [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions."

--Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787.

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CIO Magazine takes a look at the E-Government Act of 2002.

FEMA establishes an interagency geospatial team.

Yesterday was the official live date for Utah's new SAP-based payroll system.

The GAO released a report today on best practices in the area of IT training and posted a report on the efforts of the financial sector to address cyber threats.  GAO's analysis of DoD's efforts to implement an enterprise IT architecture is also of interest.

Slate criticizes the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace

Red Herring closes its doors.

The board which drafted the national cybersecurity strategy and the position of White House special adviser on cybersecurity (formerly Richard Clarke) were officially dissolved yesterday.

Intel releases its "Most Unwired Cities" ranking based on cities and regions with the greatest wireless Internet accessibility.  Most of the top 10 are in the West, but Salt Lake City only comes in at 40th.  We're working on that.


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The fact that everyone wants to be a leader in homeland security communications interoperability can sometimes hinder the very goal that is being pursued.  In addition the State's dual-pronged, IP-based mobile data network project, several other projects are under development that should be coordinated.  According to a report from PSWINS, the US Forest Servce with support of Network Integration & Consulting Services is developing a system that "provides essentially 'universal' interoperability among radio sites and dispatch consoles, and thus field radio users."  The solution is titled "Radio Control over IP (RCoIP)."  It claims to cross organizational and geographic boundaries.  The operational diagram shows connectivity to the forest service WAN, BLM district WANS, and the state WAN.

Another solution is being used in Carbon County.  This mobile data solution is provided by Alvarion and is now operational for local police use in the area.  It is described as a rugged mobile data radio designed for the rigors of field use. It features Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology to increase network security, overcome interference from other wireless devices, and prevent eavesdropping.

As I have mentioned before, the state solution includes RF and 802.11 hotspot components to provide statewide access to the WAN / internet.  It has been coordinated with a large number of state, local and federal agencies.  A pilot of the RF mobile data solution is now an active pilot in Cache County and users seem to be happy with the results thus far.  802.11 hotspots are already being rolled out in many locations.  ITS personnel have done a site survey of the Park City area and are far along in a Tooele County implementation.  It appears that the next area to be rolled out will be in Millard County.

Macom has developed an IP-based interoperability solution that will be traveling the country.  Their demonstration will be in Utah on March 19-20.

Right after the end of the legislative session, I will be trying to put together a more comprehensive wireless interoperability council that can address a variety of these issues, along with management and use of 700 MHz spectrum.

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