"Information age technologies have profoundly altered American society. Information itself has become a strategic national asset and the maintenance and protection of our information systems has become a vital national interest of the United States. Our dependence upon information technologies and the global connectivity of today's information systems result in a new strategic threat aimed at those information systems that control key aspects of our military, economic, and political power. Yet, our National Security Strategy fails to adequately address this emerging threat to this vital national interest and our way of life. Our nation must develop a comprehensive National Security Strategy to assure the security and integrity of our information systems. This strategy must outline the ends, ways, and means required to guarantee Information Assurance in the Information Age."