For more than a decade, the vulnerability to networked computer systems has been considered, with worst-case scenarios running from "Electronic Pearl Harbor" to "Cyber Katrina." Preliminary moves for defending the country's computer networks have been made, but policymaking interest may outpace technical reality. We still seem to be a long way from a cohesive game plan for cyber security.

Time to Move Toward a More Secure Cyberspace

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For a variety of reasons, over the last several months the issue of cyber security has been prominently covered in the U.S. news media. But for more than a decade, the vulnerability of networked computer systems has been considered by policymakers, with worst-case scenarios running from "Electronic Pearl Harbor" to the more recent rhetorical refresh of "Cyber Katrina."

The Obama Administration and a number of congressional leaders have made preliminary moves to craft a strategy for defending the country's computer networks, but policymaking interest may outpace technical reality. As a nation, we want to be prepared for cyberwar, but we are a long way from having a cohesive game plan -- what the Pentagon calls doctrine -- for it. ...

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