A new report published by TASC, Inc. examines today’s key cyber threats facing the United States and highlights the deep interrelatedness of the challenges facing the nation. As the White House and Congress consider cybersecurity legislation to protect the nation’s cyber systems, there is an urgent need for better coordination and cooperation across government and industry.
“The integration of the Internet into critical operational structures of all levels of the government, the military and the nation’s economy has created a collective reliance on information technology that will only increase in the coming years,” says Steve Winterfeld, cyber technical lead at TASC. “Today the growing dangers of cyber warfare present a new national threat—one that demands a national commitment.”
The report, “Understanding Today’s Cyber Challenges,” groups the nation’s primary cyber threats into three categories: psychologically driven cyber challenges, process-driven challenges and technologically driven cyber challenges. These challenges range in severity from those that can be quickly and easily addressed to those that require sustained, long-term investment.
“Daily security breaches threaten everyone who operates in cyberspace,” says Winterfeld. “We face more devastating attacks as cyber thieves, nation-states and others become increasingly sophisticated in their knowledge of today’s networks.”
Government agencies and businesses can use the TASC report as a tool to categorize risks and mitigation practices most relevant and appropriate to their organizations. The study was produced in collaboration with the University of Virginia.
“Before 9/11, no one imagined an attack of such magnitude could happen anywhere, especially on U.S. soil,” says Winterfeld. “The threat of a cyber calamity of similar proportions is real, and such an attack would have far-reaching impacts at every level of our society. We urgently need to reach a common understanding of what those threats are and do what we can to mitigate them.”
To download a free copy of the report, or to learn more about TASC, visit http://www.tasc.com.