THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 3, 2000
March 3, 2000
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT: Action by Federal Agencies to Safeguard
Against Internet Attacks
America and the world have benefited tremendously from the amazing
advances we have seen with the Internet and computer technology. But
with every new technological advance there are new challenges, and we
must meet them -- both Government and the private sector -- in
Following recent Internet disruptions, I met with experts and leaders of
the information technology industry so we could work together to
maximize the promise of the Internet, while minimizing the risks.
These Internet disruptions high-light how important computer networks
have become to our daily lives; and how vulnerabilities can create
risks for all -- including the Federal Government.
Accordingly, I ask that each Cabinet Secretary and agency head renew
their efforts to safeguard their department or agency's computer systems
against denial-of-service attacks on the Internet. Within legal and
administrative limits, attention should also be paid to contractors
providing services. The Federal Computer Incident Response Center
(FEDCirc) and the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) have
available software tools to assist you in these efforts.
I have asked my Chief of Staff, John Podesta, to coordinate a review of
Federal Government vulnerabilities in this regard and to report back to
me by April 1.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
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