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... In light of this dependence on information technology, cybersecurity is increasingly important to the nation, and cyberspace is vulnerable to a broad spectrum of hackers, criminals, terrorists, and state actors. Working in cyberspace, these malevolent actors can steal money, intellectual property, or classified information; snoop on private conversations; impersonate law-abiding parties for their own purposes; harass or bully innocent people anonymously; damage important data; destroy or disrupt the operation of physical machinery controlled by computers; or deny the availability of normally accessible services.
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... The report is fundamentally a primer on issues at the nexus of public policy and cybersecurity that leverages insights developed in work by the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board over more than two decades on practical measures for cybersecurity, technical and nontechnical challenges, and potential policy responses. This report defines cyberspace broadly as the artifacts based on or dependent on computing and communications technology; the information that these artifacts use, store, handle, or process; and how these various elements are connected.
From page 3...
... Publicly available information and policy actions to date have been insufficient to motivate an adequate sense of urgency and ownership of cybersecurity problems afflicting the United States as a nation. For a number of years, the cybersecurity issue has received increasing public attention, and a greater amount of authoritative information regarding
From page 4...
... Although research and deeper thought may reveal that, in some cases, tradeoffs between security and these other equities are not as stark as they might appear at first glance, policy makers will have to confront rather than elide tensions when they are irreconcilable, and honest acknowledgment and discussion of the tradeoffs (e.g., a better cybersecurity posture may reduce the nation's innovative capability, may increase the inconvenience of using information technology, may reduce the ability to collect intelligence) will go a long way toward building public support for a given policy position.
From page 5...
... That is, unclassified information provides a generally reasonable basis for understanding what can be done and for policy discussions that focus primarily on what should be done. In summary, cybersecurity is a complex subject whose understanding requires knowledge and expertise from multiple disciplines, including but not limited to computer science and information technology, psychology, economics, organizational behavior, political science, engineering, sociology, decision sciences, international relations, and law.

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