Lawmaker To Grade Agencies On Computer Security
Source: ComputerUser - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Security Projects Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Calif., who made a name for himself by grading government agencies on their Y2K computer readiness in the months leading up to last year's millennial date rollover, is at it again, gearing up to release a report card . . . Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Calif., who made a name for himself by grading government agencies on their Y2K computer readiness in the months leading up to last year's millennial date rollover, is at it again, gearing up to release a report card on government computer security. Some time in September, Horn will release the first in a series of report cards grading the computer security readiness of 52 government agencies, Horn staffer Mary Ellen Grant said today. The report cards, which will be geared toward pointing out strengths and vulnerabilities in the federal government's enormous network of computer systems, will be "very similar to what we did with Y2K," Grant said. Horn chaired the House of Representatives' Y2K task force and released a series of report cards grading the Y2K readiness of 24 selected government agencies. Those report cards were credited by many Y2K experts with helping spur Y2K fixes in agencies that received poor grades.

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