Improving Our Ability to Fight Cybercrime: Oversight of the National Infrastructure Protection Center : Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, July 25, 2001, Volume 4

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Page 60 - keep the lights on' by developing and encouraging compliance with rules for the reliable operation of these systems. NERC comprises ten Regional Reliability Councils that account for virtually all the electricity supplied in the United States, Canada, and a portion of Baja California Norte, Mexico. In
Page 73 - keep the lights on by developing and encouraging compliance with rules for the reliable operation of these systems. NERC comprises ten Regional Reliability Councils that account for virtually all the electricity supplied in the United States, Canada, and a portion of Baja California Norte, Mexico. In
Page 16 - NIPC COORDINATION AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT HAVE BENEFITED INVESTIGATIVE AND RESPONSE CAPABILITIES PDD 63 directed the NIPC to provide the principal means of facilitating and coordinating the federal government's response to computer-based incidents. In response the NIPC undertook efforts in two major areas: providing coordination and technical support to FBI investigations and establishing
Page 14 - responsibility for providing comprehensive analyses on threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks; issuing timely warnings on threats and attacks; facilitating and coordinating the government's response to cyber incidents; providing law enforcement investigation and response; monitoring reconstitution of minimum required capabilities after an infrastructure attack; and promoting outreach and information sharing.
Page 15 - no standard terminology, no standard set of factors to consider, and no established thresholds for determining the sophistication of attack techniques. According to officials in the intelligence and national security community, developing such a methodology would require an intense interagency effort and dedication of resources.
Page 15 - that, as the administration proceeds, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, in coordination with pertinent executive agencies, • establish a capability for strategic analysis of computer-based threats, including developing related methodology, acquiring staff expertise, and obtaining infrastructure data;
Page 73 - NERC is a not-for-profit organization formed after the Northeast blackout in 1965 to promote the reliability of the bulk electric systems that serve North America. It works with all segments of the electric
Page 13 - support, such as telecommunications, power distribution, national defense, and essential government services. Malicious attacks, in particular, are a growing concern. The National Security Agency has determined that foreign governments already have or are developing computer attack capabilities, and that potential adversaries are developing a body of knowledge about US systems and methods to attack them. In addition, reported incidents have increased dramatically in recent years.
Page 16 - implementation of new performance measures to ensure that field offices fully report information on potential computer crimes to the NIPC. PROGRESS IN ESTABLISHING INFORMATION-SHARING RELATIONSHIPS HAS BEEN MIXED Information sharing and coordination among private-sector and government organizations are essential for thoroughly understanding cyber threats and quickly identifying and mitigating attacks. However, as we testified in July 2000

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