Review of the Federal Agencies' Implementation of Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 63 Related to Critical Infrastructure Protection as Submitted to The Honorable Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., Director, Office of Management and Budget, March 2001   [open pdf - 120KB]

"When signed on May 22, 1998, PDD 63 called for a national effort to assure the security of the nation's critical infrastructures. Under the Directive, the President intends that the United States take all necessary measures to swiftly eliminate any significant vulnerability to both physical and cyber attacks on the nation's critical infrastructures, especially its cyber systems. By May 22, 2003, the United States shall have achieved and shall maintain the ability to protect its critical infrastructures from intentional acts that would significantly diminish the abilities of: The Federal Government to perform essential national security missions and to ensure the general public health and safety; state and local governments to maintain order and to deliver minimum essential public services; and the private sector to ensure the orderly functioning of the economy and the delivery of essential telecommunications, energy, financial, and transportation services. Various laws and regulations have addressed the need to secure our nation's key cyber systems including the Government Information Security Reform Act; the Clinger-Cohen Act; the Computer Security Act; and Appendix III to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-130, "Security of Federal Automated Information Resources." PDD 63 complements and expands on those laws and regulations by requiring an independent review of security plans for protecting the nation's critical systems; the identification of minimum essential infrastructure (MEI) critical to the operations of the economy and government, including infrastructure interdependencies; and the assessment of MEI vulnerabilities."

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