By Mary Mosquera
June 27, 2008
The June 30 deadline is approaching for Trusted Internet Connections
(TIC) and the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) has arrived, and
now agencies are preparing to move past the starting line.
Under TIC, agencies consolidated and reduced the number of external
connections to the Internet and began to monitor the traffic passing
through the remaining nodes, said Mike Smith, program manager of the
Information System Security Line of Business at the Homeland Security
Department's National Cyber Security Directorate.
Agencies now await decisions by the Office of Management and Budget on
plans they submitted for further gateway reductions. The plans also
include agencies. assessments of whether they can do that work
themselves or need another agency or a contractor to provide the
services. OMB's target is to have only 100 Internet connections
governmentwide. OMB's preliminary estimates indicate that the agencies.
plans would reduce the number to 235, Smith said. There were more than
4,300 gateways before TIC.
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