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 PDD-63, agencies submitted plans (not dissimilar in content to those called for in the Computer Security Act of 1987 and detailed in OMB Circular A-130 Appendix III) to the CIAO.
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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, the Computer Security Act of 1987, and the Computer Virus Eradication Act of 1988 have been designed to combat and eliminate computer crimes by providing necessary legal powers to prosecute offenders.
NIST's 12-member panel was created from the Computer Security Act of 1987 and will advise NIST on standards and guidelines to battle viruses and prosecute perpetrators.
The proposed legislation, the Computer Security Act of 1987 (HR 145), would adopt the National Bureau of Standard's (NBS) Data Encryption Standard (DES) as a common security standard.
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