The Internet and networked computer systems play important roles in personal access to information and services, as well as the operation of critical infrastructure. Networks are used in electrical power grids, nuclear power plants, financial systems, transportation systems, health care systems, identification systems (including the new biometric chips in U.S. passports), and U.S. federal agencies’ operations and assets.
Networks and control systems are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats, whether from skillful criminals, terrorists, hostile state actors, or playful amateurs.
Congressional concern about cyber attacks, which for some time seemed minimal, has now picked up and is focused on protecting critical infrastructure and addressing vulnerabilities in unregulated as well as regulated sectors.
International and Domestic Defenses Against Cyber Attacks (2008)
14 February 2008
Informal briefings organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the U.S. Capitol for Homeland Security Committee members and staff of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, Washington DC.