U.S. companies unprepared for cyber terror

Monday, 22 July 2002, 12:17 PM EST

Michael Vatis, director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS) at Dartmouth College, is working to identify top vulnerabilities and he wants to pull together voices from industry, government, academia and law enforcement to devise a plan to eliminate, or at least defuse, them.

And Vatis has a long history in the security arena. Before joining the ISTS in the spring of 2001, he founded and served as the first director of the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) in Washington, D.C. The NIPC is part of the FBI and acts as the lead federal agency responsible for detecting, warning of and responding to cyber attacks, including computer crime, cyber terrorism and cyber espionage. Vatis also worked with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Justice, which funds the ISTS.

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