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Information Warfare
A Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability

It has been suggested that major portions of the civilian infrastructure of the United States are at risk due to the threat of an attack on its distributed computer networks and communications systems. Given the heterogeneous nature of the asset classes within the infrastructure, coordination of communication and assessment activities is a problem. In particular, simply recognizing that an Information Warfare (IW) attack is underway represents a significant problem.  Also see Critical Infrastructure Protection.



  • Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Center - At the CERTŪ/CC, they study Internet security vulnerabilities, provide incident response services to sites that have been the victims of attack, publish a variety of security alerts, do research in wide-area-networked computing, and develop information and training to help you improve security at your site.
  • Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) - "To plan, engineer, develop, test, manage programs, acquire, implement, operate, and maintain information systems for C4I and mission support under all conditions of peace and war."
  • US Computer Emergency Response Team - The US CERT is the central coordination and analysis facility dealing with computer security related issues affecting the civilian agencies and departments of the Federal Government.
  • Institute for the Advanced Study of Information Warfare - Information warfare, also known as I-War, IW, C4I, or Cyberwar, has recently become of increasing importance to the military, the intelligence community, and the business world. The purpose of the IASIW is to facilitate an understanding of information warfare with reference to both military and civilian life.
  • IWS - The Information Warfare Site - IWS is an online resource that aims to stimulate debate about a range of subjects from information security to information operations and e-commerce. It is the aim of the site to develop a special emphasis on offensive and defensive information operations.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer Security Resource Clearinghouse (CSRC) - This site contains information about a variety of computer security issues, products, and research of concern to Federal agencies, industry, and users. This site is operated and maintained by NIST's Computer Security Division as a service to the computer security and IT community.



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