S. Hrg. 106-486: Cyber Attack: Is the Government Safe? Hearing before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Second Session, March 2, 2000 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Fred Thompson: "The Committee on Governmental Affairs is holding this hearing on the ability of the Federal Government to protect against and respond to potential cyber attacks. This Committee spent considerable time during the last Congress examining the state of Federal Government information systems. Numerous Governmental Affairs Committee hearings and General Accounting Office reports uncovered and identified systemic failures of government information systems, which highlighted our Nation's vulnerability to computer attacks from international and domestic terrorists, to crime rings, to everyday hackers. S. 1993 begins where the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 left off. These laws and the Computer Security Act of 1987 provide the basic framework for managing information security. The proponents of this bill recognize that these are not the only things that need to be done. Some have suggested we provide specific standards in the legislation. Others have recommended we establish a new position of a national chief information officer or even a national security czar. These things should be considered and these issues and more will be brought up during our hearing today." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Fred Thompson, Joseph I. Lieberman, Daniel K. Akaka, Susan M. Collins, John Edwards, James Adams, Jack L. Brock, Jr., Roberta L. Gross, Kevin Mitnick, Kenneth Watson, and a copy of S. 1993.
S. Hrg. 106-486; Senate Hearing 106-486