Date Added: Feb 2010
Large portions of the country's economic, industrial, social, and governmental functions now depend on a cyber infrastructure assembled from readily available commercial information system components. Much of this infrastructure is organized to tolerate random failures and outages, including targeted attacks against specific institutions, but could fail under concerted attack against many of the country's economic, industrial, social, and governmental functions. Leadership is needed to substantially reduce this serious vulnerability. Many efforts are currently underway to begin to address these issues at the national level.