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

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Chapter Seven
RECOMMENDATIONS

A number of recommendations are implicit in the conclusions in the previous chapter. We emphasize here some overall actions we feel can be taken on the basis of our findings to date.


USE OUR METHODOLOGY AS A CHECKLIST

As mentioned previously, we believe that DoD operating units, gov/ ernment agencies, and commercial industry groups should not ex/ pect there to be a hardened, secure backbone minimum essential information infrastructure on which they can depend. The needs are simply too geographically and functionally diverse. Rather, each unit commander or leader, at varying levels in organizational hierarchies, should consider using our methodology as a type of checklist: Which functions are essential in his or her unit's operation? Which infor/ mation systems are essential for that functionality? Which of our 20 types of vulnerabilities do those systems exhibit, at various architec/ tural levels? Which of our 13 categories of security techniques are relevant in making those systems more survivable? How can any additional protections that are implemented be tested against vari/ ous attack scenarios?


DEVELOP A TEST SET OF SCENARIOS INVOLVING IW
ATTACKS

In developing various protection strategies for greater system surviv/ ability, a set of attack scenarios is needed against which those strategies can be tested. Currently, a great deal of emphasis is being

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