Stories by Dan Verton

US Defence IT in a mess, says accounting office

Despite years of modernisation efforts that cost taxpayers billions of dollars, thousands of accounting, personnel and logistics systems at the Pentagon remain "fundamentally flawed" and have led to logistics and pay problems for forces serving in Iraq, according to a new report by the US General Accounting Office.

Passenger tracking agreement reached with EU

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge Friday signed an agreement with European Union officials that will allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to collect the names of airline passengers on flights between the U.S. and the European Union.

E-voting debate heats up

The battle over electronic voting systems took an unexpected turn this week when election officials in San Bernardino County, Calif., announced plans to defy a state-imposed ban on the systems in the upcoming November presidential election.

E-voting system security, integrity under fire

IT security researchers have uncovered significant vulnerabilities in the electronic voting systems that nearly 30 percent of all registered voters will use in the upcoming presidential election, raising concerns about what already looks to be one of the most divisive elections in U.S. history.

CEOs urged to take control of cybersecurity

CEOs and boards of directors must take direct responsibility for the security of their companies' computer networks if protection of the U.S. critical infrastructure is to improve, according to a new report issued Monday by an industry task force.

Clarke book cites problems at DHS

FRAMINGHAM (03/23/2004) - The George W. Bush administration's homeland security strategy, including its new emphasis on cybersecurity, is poorly managed and being held hostage to decades-old cultural and turf battles, according to a new book out this week by former White House adviser Richard Clarke.

IT industry releases security action plans for DHS

FRAMINGHAM (03/18/2004) - The National Cyber Security Partnership, a coalition of influential IT industry lobbying groups and companies, Thursday released two of the five action plans it promised to deliver this month to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for improving the nation's cybersecurity.

More growing pains seen at DHS

PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA (03/10/2004) - A private-sector group that developed a way to collect and analyze real-time security incident data throughout the U.S. economy may drop plans to work with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after the agency botched a high-level executive briefing on the program, according to an internal association memo obtained by Computerworld.

DHS moving its buying power online

WASHINGTON (02/06/2004) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Friday announced that it has reached an agreement with the Pentagon to develop a tailored version of the U.S. Defense Department's electronic mall to streamline the purchase of goods and services.

DHS launches national cyber alert system

WASHINGTON (01/28/2004) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Wednesday announced the launch of a National Cyber Alert System designed to provide home users, businesses and government agencies with timely warnings about new threats as well as tips on how to best secure their computers.

Private jet service develops IT system to lower costs

Sentient Jet, a private charter-flight provider, has developed a proprietary system called the Optimizer that it expects will lower costs and thereby enable it to attract more corporate users to its premium air travel service.