Information technology for counterterrorism : immediate by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Committee on the Role of Information Technology in Responding to Terrorism, Herbert S. Lin, Visit Amazon's David A. Patterson Page, se

Information know-how (IT) is key to almost the entire nation’s severe infrastructures making them weak through a terrorist assault on their IT process. An assault may be at the process itself or use the IT approach to release or exacerbate one other form of assault. it may possibly even be used as a counterterrorism device. The file concludes that the main devastating results of a terrorist assault might happen if it have been on or used IT as a part of a broader assault. The file offers tips on what may be performed within the brief time period to guard the nation’s communications and data platforms and several other options approximately what should be performed over the long term. The record additionally notes the significance of contemplating how an IT process might be deployed to maximise safety opposed to and usability in responding to attacks.

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1998. 4); and in the resumption of operations without the need for going offline. One “grand challenge” might be the development of a system that could be made more secure at the touch of a button; the cost would be the loss of some nonessential functionality while the system simultaneously decontaminated itself or shut out attackers. A second challenge involves existing systems that need to be examined and restructured. Methods and tools for analyzing systems to identify essential functionality and to restructure those systems to tolerate the loss of nonessential functions could be productively applied to existing designs well before a body of design principles and theories become clear.

Given the range of formats, the permanence and growing volume of information from each source, and the difficulty of accurately analyzing information from single let alone multiple sources, information fusion offers researchers a challenge. INVESTING IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH 31 It must also be noted that although technology is central to all of the areas listed above, it is not the sole element of concern. , the people from the multiple agencies that need to work together during crisis solutions).

2 Principles of Defensive Strategy Computing and communications systems that contain sensitive information or whose functioning is critical to an enterprise’s mission must be protected at higher levels of security than are adequate for other systems. Several policies should be mandatory for such critical systems: • The use of encryption for communication between system elements and the use of cryptographic protocols. , through the use of public-key-based authentication systems that use encryption and random challenge to strengthen the authentication process or to bind other elements of the authentication, such as biometrics, to the identity of a user).

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