IISP Meeting Focuses on Internet Security, Standards

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At a recent meeting of the Information Infrastructure Standards Panel (IISP) in Washington, DC, a panel of speakers reviewed varying perspectives of ensuring financial and information security in cyberspace and focused on the role of standards in developing methods to increase security. Separately, the panel approved nine new application-to-application standards needs, which will be added to the 35 standards previously identified as key requirements.

The IISP consists of a group of more than 80 companies, organizations, and government agencies working together under the aegis of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Its objective is to identify the standards needed to facilitate the growth of the information superhighway by determining what standards exist, where new standards development work is needed, and by ensuring that those standards are created and ready in a timely fashion.

"Security is one of the most central and complex issues in implementing the information superhighway," said ANSI board member Oliver Smoot, chairman of IISP and executive vice president of the Information Technology Industry Council. "Confidence that networks and information are appropriately secure is pivotal to the growth of the National and Global Information Infrastructure (NII/GII)."

"The threat, sophistication, and impact of security intrusion has increased dramatically," said John Kimmins, director, Secure Systems and Operations Group, Bellcore, who provided examples of methods "cybercrooks" use to break into networks to steal information.

Richard Nevins, director, Global Information Technology Infrastructure, AMP Incorporated, discussed security from the point of view of a company doing business online on private and public networks. He cited the intranet, which is bringing Internet capabilities to internal corporate networks, as a new challenge to company security.

According to Tim Schoechle, president, CyberLYNX Gateway Corp., despite consumer concerns about protecting their privacy on the Internet, the "smart home" of the future, with online access to and from many sources, may provide cybercrooks with "one-stop" shopping of personal information.

Smoot explained that IISP is working to identify the standards needed for networks--among telecommunications, cable, and broadcast/wireless companies, for example--that interconnect and operate compatibly. …