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dc.contributor.advisorOsmundson, John S.
dc.contributor.advisorShimeall, Timothy J.
dc.contributor.authorOgren, Joel G.
dc.contributor.authorLangevin, James R.
dc.dateJune, 1999
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-07T15:34:43Z
dc.date.available2012-09-07T15:34:43Z
dc.date.issued1999-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/13544
dc.descriptionApproved for public release, distribution unlimited.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe number of people connecting to the Internet is growing at an astounding rate: estimates range from 100% to 400% annually over the next five years. This unprecedented level of interconnectedness has brought with it the specter of a new threat: cyberterrorism. This thesis examines the impact of this threat on the critical infrastructure of the United States, specifically focusing on Department of Defense issues and the National Information Infrastructure (NII). A working definition for cyberterrorism is derived, and a description of the Nation's critical infrastructure is provided. A number of possible measures for countering the threat of cyberterrorism are discussed, with particular attention given to the concept of information assurance. Information assurance demands that trustworthy systems be developed from untrustworthy components within power generation systems, banking, transportation, emergency services, and telecommunications. The importance of vulnerability testing (or red teaming) is emphasized as part of the concept of information assurance. To support this, a cyberterrorist red team was formed to participate in the Marine Corps' Urban Warrior Experiment. The objective of this thesis is to address the impact of these issues from a Systems Management perspective. This includes taking into account the changes that must occur in order to improve the U.S.' ability to detect, protect against, contain, neutralize, mitigate the effects of and recover from attacks on the Nation's Critical Infrastructure.en_US
dc.format.extentxiii, 76 p.;28 cm.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleResponding to the threat of cyberterrorism through information assuranceen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Marine Corpsen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Coast Guarden_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Information Technology Managementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineInformation Technology Managementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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