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[ISN] DOD creates cybercrimes position
From: InfoSec News (isnC4I.ORG)
Date: Wed Apr 11 2001 - 02:12:55 CDT
BY Bill Murray
The Defense Department has created a senior executive service position
to oversee its computer forensics laboratory and investigator training
The 30-day Office of Personnel and Management notice for an executive
director of the Defense Cybercrimes Center will come out within a
week, said Brig. Gen. Francis Taylor, commanding general of the Air
Force Office of Special Investigations.
In supervising as many as 80 employees and a $12.5 million budget, the
director will lay out a long-term strategy for the center, including
how to best serve nearly 3,800 DOD law enforcement special agents who
take courses with the Department of Defense Computer Investigations
Training Program and send materials to the Air Forces forensics lab
for examination, he said.
In addition to some technical expertise, the candidate should have
"proven management and leadership ability in programs of national
importance," Taylor said. And having DOD or law enforcement experience
is important but not required.
Taylor, who is retiring July 1, is turning over his command to Air
Force Brig. Gen. (Sel.) Leonard Patterson May 11, so the new director
will report to Patterson.
"We want to cast our net wider in government, rather than just
Defense," Taylor said regarding the hiring of a director, as well as
the centers work in government. He would like the director to turn the
forensics laboratory and training program into an institute that would
serve as a resource for academics, private industry and graduate
"No ones ahead in this business if everyone else is falling behind,"
Taylor said of computer crime. President Clintons May 1998
Presidential Decision Directive 63 called on federal agencies to work
with private industry and academia to implement critical
infrastructure protection plans for physical and electronic systems.
DCITP, which began in 1998, has trained nearly 1,500 DOD law
enforcement special agents. The Defense Cybercrimes Center director
can help DCITP implement distance learning technology so that the
nearly 3,800 special agents can take the classes, which last from two
days to six weeks, Taylor said.
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