November 23, 2014



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Science & Technology for Countering Terrorism: Panel on Information Technology

Publication

  Information Technology for Counterterrorism: Immediate Actions and Future Possibilities
This report identifies potentially significant risks to the nation's citizens and assets with information technology. The report provides an assessment of near-term actions that can be taken to counter these threats based on currently available science and technology. It identifies opportunities for R&D to further reduce the nation's vulnerability or increase its capacity to respond to terrorist threats or attacks.

Building on its contributions to Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism, the Committee drew on sources, resources, and analysis unavailable during the preparation of that report.

Project Scope

The panel will develop an S&T strategy for reducing the nation's vulnerability to terrorism from attacks on the information technology infrastructure of the nation. Both physical and cyberattacks will be considered. To this end, the panel will identify potentially significant risks to the nation's citizens and assets and will (1) provide an assessment of near-term actions that can be taken to counter these threats based on currently available S&T and (2) identify opportunities for R&D to further reduce the nation's vulnerability or increase its capacity to respond to terrorist threats or attacks.

This project is being supported by The National Academies. The approximate starting date for this project is December 1, 2001. The panel plans to issue one final report approximately 6 months after the beginning of the project.

Note: The project on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism (STCT) is a special initiative of the National Academies, which is currently supported entirely with internal funds. As a matter of institutional policy and not as a legal requirement, this privately funded project will be conducted by the National Academies in conformance with certain posting and notice requirements of its procedures implementing Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Although it is the National Academies' policy to conduct this project in as open a manner as possible, where the STCT committee, its panels, the government, or other provider of information specifies that public release could result in advertising the potential vulnerabilities to terrorism that might compromise national security or public safety, the National Academies may determine that such data-gathering meetings or sessions should not be open to the public.

Committee Members

John L. Hennessy, Co-Chair
President
Stanford University

David Patterson, Co-Chair
E.H. and M.E. Pardee Chair of Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley

Steven Bellovin
Fellow
AT&T Research

W. Earl Boebert
Senior Scientist
Sandia National Laboratories

David Borth
Director
Communication Systems and Technologies Laboratory
Motorola, Inc.

William J. Brinkman
Vice President of Physical Sciences Research
Lucent Technologies

John M. Cioffi
Professor
Stanford University

W. Bruce Croft
Chair, Computer Science Department
University of Massachusetts Amherst
 

Staff

Herb Lin, Senior Scientist
Steven Woo, Program Officer
Marjory S. Blumenthal, Director

Sponsors

National Research Council

 

Bill Crowell
Former Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer
National Security Agency

Jeffrey M. Jaffe
Vice President of Research and Advanced Technologies
Lucent Technologies

Butler W. Lampson
Distinguished Engineer
Microsoft Corporation

Edward D. Lazowska
Bill and Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science
University of Washington

David E. Liddle
General Partner
U.S. Venture Partners

Tom Mitchell
Fredkin Professor of Learning and AI
Carnegie Mellon University

Donald Norman
Co-Founder
Nielsen Norman Group

Jeannette M. Wing
Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

 



 


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