E-Government: First fight the hackers

Wednesday, 15 January 2003, 10:15 AM EST

The government should make doubly sure of the security of its e-government and e-procurement networks from hackers before promoting them heavily.

Prinya Hom-anek, president and chief executive officer of the Advanced Certified Information Security Professional Centre, said the government needed to do more to create awareness of network security and educate staff in preparation for full-scale implementation of e-services, especially e-government and e-procurement.

"It's not good timing to promote e-procurement without encouraging awareness and knowledge of security. It's very dangerous and opens possibilities of being hacked," he said.

A blueprint is needed of the steps to eliminate security gaps so that government agencies know how they should prepare their network systems and how they can protect their information and services from unwanted penetration, he said.

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