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How Secure is Our Critical Infrastructure? Hearing Before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, September 12, 2001   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is from the September 12, 2001 hearing "How Secure is Our Critical Infrastructure?" held before the Committee on Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Joseph I. Lieberman: "Today, we do consider critical infrastructure to be a vast array of elements that form the backbone of America. The critical infra-structure is, in essence, our Nation's skeleton, the framework underlying our well-being and our freedom. It includes telecommunications systems, air traffic control systems, electricity grids, emergency and law enforcement services, water supplies, financial networks, and energy pipelines. [...] The nature of our critical infrastructure has changed that much in the information age. And while it has clearly enriched our lives, it has simultaneously left us much more dependent and more vulnerable to attacks by insidious forces. So examining the vulnerability of our critical infrastructure is the focus of this hearing, but it is not an issue new to this Committee. Two Congresses ago, we held a series of hearings on computer security issues, and last Congress, Senator Thompson and I authored and the Congress enacted a law aimed at enhancing the government's computer security. This year, Senator Bennett particularly has urged us to launch this series of hearings that we begin today on the vulnerability of our critical infrastructure. His very successful leadership of our government's response to the Y2K challenge aroused his concern on this subject and makes him a valuable partner in this effort." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Roberta L. Gross and Joel C. Willemssen.

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S. Hrg. 107-205; Senate Hearing 107-205
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2002
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Public Domain
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