Toward a Safer and More Secure Cyberspace

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National Academies Press, Oct 24, 2007 - Computers - 328 pages
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Given the growing importance of cyberspace to nearly all aspects of national life, a secure cyberspace is vitally important to the nation, but cyberspace is far from secure today. The United States faces the real risk that adversaries will exploit vulnerabilities in the nationā€™s critical information systems, thereby causing considerable suffering and damage. Online e-commerce business, government agency files, and identity records are all potential security targets.

Toward a Safer and More Secure Cyberspace examines these Internet security vulnerabilities and offers a strategy for future research aimed at countering cyber attacks. It also explores the nature of online threats and some of the reasons why past research for improving cybersecurity has had less impact than anticipated, and considers the human resource base needed to advance the cybersecurity research agenda. This book will be an invaluable resource for Internet security professionals, information technologists, policy makers, data stewards, e-commerce providers, consumer protection advocates, and others interested in digital security and safety.

 

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Contents

Executive Summary
Setting the Stage
1 Introduction
2 What Is at Stake?
3 Improving the Nations Cybersecurity Posture
An Illustrative Research Agenda
4 Category 1Blocking and Limiting the Impact of Compromise
5 Category 2Enabling Accountability
8 Category 5Illustrative Crosscutting ProblemFocused Research Areas
9 Category 6Speculative Research
Conclusion
10 Looking to the Future
Appendixes
Committee and Staff Biographies
Cybersecurity Reports and Policy The Recent Past
Contributors to the Study

6 Category 3Promoting Deployment
7 Category 4Deterring WouldBe Attackers and Penalizing Attackers

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