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Cyber-Posture of the National Information Infrastructure
by Willis Ware
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This report discusses the vulnerability of the nation's information infrastructure to external attacks and other kinds of disruptions.
From the Publisher
The United States increasingly relies on information networks for theconduct of vital business. These networks are potentially subject tomajor disruptions from a variety of external sources. To date, therehas been no clear statement of the magnitude of this threat or theability of the various networks to withstand or respond to such disruptions.This project examines the national communications and information infrastructure. The research was conducted for the Office of Science and Technology Policy with task funding from the National Science Foundation.This report discusses the vulnerability of the national informationinfrastructure to external attacks and other kinds of disruptions. Itassesses the extent of the data available for measuring this threat anddiscusses steps that private industry and the federal government cantake to reduce national vulnerability.The Critical Technologies Institute was created in 1991 by an act ofCongress. It is a federally funded research and development centersponsored by the National Science Foundation and managed byRAND, a nonprofit corporation created for the purpose of improvingpublic policy. CTI's mission is to help improve public policy decisionsby conducting objective, independent research and analysison policy issues that involve science and technology in order to Support the Office of Science and Technology Policy and otherExecutive Branch agencies, offices, and councils; Help science and technology decisionmakers understand thelikely consequences of their decisions and choose among alternativepolicies; and Improve understanding in both the public and private sectors ofthe ways in which science and technology can better serve nationalobjectives.CTI research focuses on problems of science and technology policythat involve multiple agencies. In carrying out its mission, CTI consultsbroadly with representatives from private industry, institutionsof higher education, and other nonprofit institutions.Inquiries regarding CTI or this document may be directed to:Bruce DonDirector, Critical Technologies InstituteRAND1333 H St., N.W.Washington, D.C.
About the Author
Willis H. Ware (Ph.D., Princeton University, electrical engineering) is now a resident consultant with RAND. Prior to retirement, he was a member of the corporate research staff. He joined RAND in 1952 and has held several staff and management positions.
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