Securing the U.S. Defense Information Infrastructure: A Proposed Approach

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Chapter Two
THE INFORMATION WARFARE THREAT AND
THE MEII RESPONSE
This chapter has three objectives:
To describe the threat to which an MEII is intended to respond.
To set out two views of an MEII—a hardened substructure view and a process view. We conclude that the latter is more appro/ priate to the threat and to the nature of the information infra/ structure.
To specify the steps of our process view.

THE THREAT

A general sense of the threat to the national information infrastruc/ ture must undergird any useful MEII concept. Here, we expand on our brief statement of the threat at the beginning of Chapter One. System vulnerabilities to specific challenges are addressed in the next chapter.

Threats range from “nuisance” attacks to those potentially putting national security at risk. There have been countless, well/ documented attacks by hackers with various motives against information systems vital to the United States in peace and war. Some of these attacks appear to be coordinated, although the appearance of coordination may result only from “scripts” played by independent hackers that call upon powerful hacking toolkits available from many sites on the Internet. Such toolkits probe in

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