Saturday, August 20, 2005

Information Security and More

US Cert continues to improve as an central information resource for cyber security. Here are the security items for this week alone.

Managers from the Directorate of Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection visited Utah this week to look at the situation with Skull Valley. KUED has developed this online resource for tracking the Skull Valley situation. Although a few members of the Skull Valley Goshutes are in favor of storing the nuclear rods on the reservation, it is apparent that many are not. The Shundahai Network is a group of indigenous tribes that are fighting the transport of nuclear wast to Native American tribal lands. Skull Valley is just over the hill from the US Army's Dugway Proving Grounds which some are claiming is the new Area 51.

The NASA Earth Observatory has developed a fascinating way to view atmospheric ozone levels over time (you specify the criteria).

FBI Director, Robert Mueller, in his recent testimony to Congress about the FBI's need for an intelligence service, also commented on the agency's progress with its information systems. Mueller has the FBI's new "killer app" Sentinel on schedule to be completed in four years. Senators would like to see it done earlier. The Sentinel RFP was released a couple of weeks ago. Sentinel is a case management system. Case management systems are all over government. In fact, we are developing several right now, including one that will be used throughout the state and is being supported by the Utah Prosecution Council. outlines some common issues that are found in case management systems and presents an outline showing common items in the potential life cycle of a case. OMB and DOJ have created a Case Management Common Solutions Program.

This index of component projects (MS Word doc) is getting longer all the time and has some great ideas that could be leveraged by state governments as well.

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