Electronic Intrusion Threat to National Security and Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) Internet Communications: An Awareness Document   [open pdf - 363KB]

The threat posed by electronic intrusion and its impact upon national security and emergency preparedness is discussed vis-à-vis government communications over the internet. From the text: "The threat posed by electronic intrusion grows concurrently with the increased use of electronic media, widespread availability of intrusion tools on the Internet, and the increased use of the Internet and IT applications by adversarial actors such as foreign agencies, terrorist and radical organizations, criminals and criminal organizations, and hackers. An additional threat actor is the insider. The aforementioned threat actors continue to become more sophisticated and security breaches show no sign of ebbing. According to a study published in March 2000 by the Computer Security Institute (CSI), 90 percent of the respondents reported security breaches in the last 12 months. These respondents were primarily large corporations and government agencies. The respondents who were willing to provide financial data reported an aggregate annual loss of $265,589,540. No governing body has the authority to enforce security policy on the Internet. Security on the Internet must be addressed and precautions taken if NS/EP operations are to be conducted safely on the Internet."

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