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The United States must take steps to protect its critical national infrastructure against serious cyberattack. One step might be to negotiate a multilateral convention to limit such attacks by states, which are the most likely source of an attack at the level of greatest concern.
Regional Interest Group on Information Security: Sharing Information and Exploring Collaborative Opportunities
On December 7, 1998, a cross-industry group of professionals interested in information security met to discuss perspectives on information security and prospects for multilateral cooperative activity to advance information and infrastructure security. Participants reviewed the information-security activities of their respective organizations, identified areas of mutual concern, and generated ideas for future group efforts.
Workshop on Protecting and Assuring Critical National Infrastructure: Setting the Research and Policy Agenda
The July Workshop on Protecting and Assuring Critical National Infrastructure focused on three specific areas: international and legal issues relating to the control of network misuse and government roles for securing the infrastructure; economic factors, including market responses to the threat and to protection measures; and directions for future tools research in forensics, modeling, and simulation that will enhance understanding of system robustness, vulnerabilities, and security.
In July 1996, President Clinton established the Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, with a charter to designate critical infrastructures and assess their vulnerabilities, to recommend a comprehensive national policy and implementation strategy for protecting those infrastructures from physical and cyber threats, and to propose statutory or regulatory actions to effect the recommended remedies.
Information warfare is a relatively new rubric, which is receiving increasing attention within the United States from both the government and the general population. Recent studies and Congressional hearings have discussed the vulnerability of the U.S. civil infrastructure to information sabotage, perpetrated by both state and non-state actors. Most recently, President Clinton established the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection to identify vulnerabilities in the nation's overall infrastructure and to recommend policy actions to reduce them.