Geek challenge - a hack-proof network

Friday, 20 June 2003, 1:58 AM EST

That's the challenge facing computer experts building a new system for the Homeland Security Department while keeping the existing network operational and secure.

Technology will be a key to the success of the new system, which is expected to take years to complete, said Edward Kinney, director of information technology for Customs & Border Protection.

Kinney spoke Wednesday at a conference that put government and private computer company representatives together to discuss security. He declined to provide specifics about the network.

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