S. Hrg. 106-889: Cyber Attacks: The National Protection Plan and Its Privacy Implications: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Second Session on Examining the Vulnerability of U.S. Systems to Cyber Attack, Focusing on the Administration's National Plan for Information Systems Protection and its Implications Regarding Privacy, February 1, 2000   [open pdf - 647KB]

From the opening statement of Jon Kyl: "At our last hearing, Michael Vatis, from the FBI, described how Russia conducted a 'series of widespread intrusions into Defense Department, other Federal Government agencies, and private sector computer networks.' Additionally, China is reportedly considering forming an entirely new branch of the military for information warriors. In light of these concerns, I authored an amendment to the 1996 Defense Authorization Act directing the President to submit a report to Congress 'setting forth the results of a review of the national policy on protecting the national information infrastructure against strategic attacks.' This ultimately culminated in the National Plan before us today, which is more than a year overdue. I am pleased that the Plan calls for specific milestones with timetables for securing our Nation's information systems, although its goals are modest and merely a first step. I hope the administration considers the Plan a living document that must be reviewed and revised with new technological advances and discovered vulnerabilities. This will be a complicated and expensive process, but it is vital to protect our national security and way of life. In securing the critical infrastructures that provide our way of life, we must be careful that it doesn't occur at the expense of civil liberties. We need to update our current legal framework to reflect the revolution in information technology, to strike the right balance between security and civil liberties." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Jon Kyl, Dianne Feinstein, John S. Tritak, Frank J. Cilluffo, Marc Rotenberg, and Jack L. Brock, Jr.

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