Cyber Threats and Information Security
May 1, 2001
Arnaud de Borchgrave, task force cochairman; Frank J. Cilluffo, task force cochairman; Sharon L. Cardash, task force coordinator; Michèle M. Ledgerwood, task force coauthor
The capacity to produce, communicate, and use information is affecting every area of national security, from the way we govern ourselves ("e-government") to the way we fight wars ("information warfare") to the way transnational criminal organizations increase in scope and power to the way activists and extremists mobilize support across borders. Yet security measures against cyber threats are insufficient throughout both government and the private sector. To counter the cyber threats of the future, the United States must develop a comprehensive response policy for thwarting all attacks on national infrastructures and assets-be they within or outside of U.S. borders. For this to happen, government must not only lead by example. It must also provide specific incentives that will encourage the private sector to better protect its own systems. This report illuminates the problem and lays out the first, essential, steps for defending the homeland against this new reality.