ABSTRACT

NASA Cybersecurity: An Examination of the Agency's Information Security, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, Wednesday, February 29, 2012   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of Paul C. Broun: "The topic of cybersecurity is certainly hot these days. As Washington debates the government's appropriate role in private sector cybersecurity activities, we should remember that the government is already responsible for securing its own networks and information, a task that is executed with mixed successes. While the defense and intelligence communities take great steps to protect data and operations from theft and corruption, oftentimes civil agencies are not as vigilant. In many instances this is for good reason. Transparency, coordination, and collaboration are core values of an effective government, particularly as it involves scientific agencies. Openness, however, does not come without risk. Many of the technologies developed and utilized by NASA are just as useful for military purposes as they are for civilian space applications. While our Nation's defense and intelligence communities guard their front door and prevent network intrusions, they could steal or corrupt sensitive information. NASA could essentially become an unlocked back door without persistent vigilance." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul C. Broun, Paul Tonko, Linda Y. Cureton, and Paul K. Martin.

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Serial No. 112-64
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2012
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Public Domain
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Government Printing Office, Federal Digital System: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/
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