E-Government: The Challenges Of Providing Secure Online Public Sector Services, United Nations HQs, NYC June 29, 2004
Mike Lackey, President, AIT, Stephen Buerle, Partner, Security & Risk Services, Unisys, and Larry Hale, Deputy Director, US CERT, US Department of Homeland Security, at the UN ECOSOC Reception in the UN’s Delegates Lounge
InfoWorld’s VP Marketing, Paul Calento, flanked by Mr. Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, and InfoWorld’s Publisher Kevin McCarthy
Larry Hale, US Department of Homeland Security, flanked by Ambassador Gediminas Serksnys, Lithuania to the UN, speaking with the World Bank’s Valerie J. McNevin, as IBM’s Sandy Carter looks on
Zarina Stanford, Program Director, IBM Tivoli Software
Dr. Bruce Hudson, Faculty Fellow Yale University School of Management
On the occasion of the ECOSOC 2004 High Level Segment Devoted to Resources mobilization and enabling environment for poverty eradication in the context of the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010, AIT and the UN ICT Task Force coordinated a Working Breakfast in Honor of Foreign Ministers in the Delegates Dining Room, United Nations, New York City, on Tuesday, 29 June, 2004.
The topic of discussion was, E-Government: The Challenges Of Providing Secure Online Public Sector Services.
Lead Discussants included Knowledgeable Executives from AIT, the UN ICT Task Force, InfoWorld Media Group, IBM, Unisys, and Configuresoft.
This Working ICT Breakfast was one of many WSIS activities designed to create the public and private partnerships needed to address “the challenges and opportunities posed by information and communications technologies and to propose practical ways to overcome the digital divide and make digital opportunities available to all.”
The Breakfast brought together high-level delegates from the public and private sectors to discuss how to design and use secure networks to bridge the digital divide. Discussants brought up important points on the use of scalable technologies to allow local and regional networks to effectively and efficiently grow into national and international networks. Industry experts also discussed techniques for creating trusted networks with multiple levels of security.
The topics for discussion at the AIT/UN ICT Task Force Working Breakfast with Foreign Ministers were carefully aligned to support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the objectives of the UN’s World Information Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
As nations develop strategies for creating or improving their information technology infrastructure, it becomes increasingly important to understand network architecture, performance, availability, configuration, and devices. If control and understanding are incomplete, network reliability and performance will decrease while the risk of cyber attack will increase. For example, core network operating system software must be constantly and consistently modified (“patched”) to provide enhanced features or block access to features targeted by cyber attacks. Fortunately, techniques and products exist that can effectively collect this level of detail and grow to support even a national data network. This type of software configuration management system is becoming increasingly common in both private and government networks.
Maintaining a secure network is an absolute requirement for supporting a nation’s critical governmental, educational, economic, social and healthcare systems. These systems require around-the-clock access, easy-to-use interfaces and high-bandwidth to provide efficient data acquisition, storage, retrieval and sharing. In addition, these systems must address secure document access, management, retention and disaster recovery. This is especially important when designing systems for collaboration and process integration across government departments and systems.
Examples of secure networks that were of prime interest for this meeting included:
Power grid operation control and alarm reporting
National security command and control
Financial and banking systems
Sarbuland Khan, Executive Director, UN ICT Task Force addresses the audience at the Closing
Sarbuland Khan, Executive Director UN ICT Task Force and Mr. Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, offered the Official Opening Statements
Sandy Carter, VP, On Demand Operating Environment, IBM
Dennis R. Moreau, Chief Technology Officer, Configuresoft
Larry Hale, Deputy Director, US CERT, US Department of Homeland Security
Stephen Buerle, Partner, Security & Risk Services, Unisys