Computer Security Act


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Computer Security Act

The first step in improving the security and privacy of information contained in federal computer systems. Signed January 8, 1988 by President Reagan, the Act:

Establishes a central authority for developing guidelines for protecting unclassified, but sensitive information stored in government computers.

Requires each agency to formulate a computer security plan, tailored to its own circumstances and based on the guidelines.

Mandates that each agency provide training for its computer employees on the threats and vulnerabilities of its computer systems.

Ensures that the National Security Agency and other defense-related government agencies not control computer security standards in civilian agencies of government. See information security.
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Under the Computer Security Act of 1987, NBS was designated as responsible for developing technical, management, physical security, and administrative standards and guidelines for the cost-effective security and privacy of sensitive unclassified information processed in Federal computers.
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Lambert held a four-year term on the National Computer System Security and Privacy Advisory Board established by the Computer Security Act of 1987, and a six-year term on the NIST Information Technology Lab Assessment Board.
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McNulty retired from the federal government after a long and successful career in which he held IT security posts at multiple agencies, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he played a major role in implementing the provisions of the Computer Security Act of 1987.
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