"Information networks are changing the way we do business, educate our children, deliver government services, and dispense health care. Information technologies are intruding in our lives in both positive and negative ways. On the positive side, they provide windows to rich information resources throughout the world. They provide instantaneous communication of information that can be shared with all who are connected to the network. As businesses and government become more dependent on networked computer information, the more vulnerable we are to having private and confidential information fall into the hands of the unintended or unauthorized person. Thus appropriate institutional and technological safeguards are required for a broad range of personal, copyrighted, sensitive, or proprietary information. Otherwise, concerns for the security and privacy of networked information may limit the usefulness and acceptance of the global information infrastructure. This report was prepared in response to a request by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance. The report focuses on policy issues in three areas: national cryptography policy, including federal information processing standards and export controls, guidance on safeguarding unclassified information in federal agencies, and legal issues and information security, including electronic commerce, privacy, and intellectual property."
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