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July 28, 1999

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Mr. Dan Palanza

Subject: NSF Project Partner, Proposal 9961176
Communication Metrics
Balancing Risks and Advantages

Dear Dan,

The new release of Microsoft Office 2000 has features to enhance Internet access for better communication, but pose new security risks for the Enterprise Management model, which you raised on July 16.

An article in Micro Times discusses the need to balance risks and advantages. It reflects your Phase I Final report to NSF on coping with inherent binary structures that are common in nature. The article provides resources for further research.

One strategy to assuage the tension in buyer/seller, contractor/owner relationships that raise security concerns, is Common Administration cited on July 20. Your background in contracting provides a foundation to review this idea. Hope you can comment when time permits.



Rod Welch