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The Cyber war--Protecting Your Infrastructure From Information Attack

February 24, 1998 Share This!

SEATTLE, Wash. – There's a battle going on in Cyberspace. The bounty is information. The casualties are Fortune 1000 companies who lose intellectual property, power companies who could lose electricity to millions of homes, emergency response infrastructures that could be halted and the list goes on. The enemies are hackers, terrorists, international intelligence agencies or competitors and spies who tap into your network and leave without a trace.

"We're talking about a $30 billion-plus problem," said special agent Jim Christy, government coordinator for the Manhattan Cyber Project. "The information war will be the war of the 21st century. We're already experiencing fallout' from hackers who tap into private corporations even at the Pentagon where information was stolen."

The Manhattan Cyber Project is a concentrated outreach initiative between industry, government and academia to address the "cyber threat" impact on the national information infrastructure and the competitiveness of corporate America.

March 11 at the Doubletree Hotel at the Seattle Airport, the Manhattan Cyber Project will host a free, one-day seminar that describes how corporations, public utilities and city governments can protect their information infrastructure. The seminar is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Information Assurance Outreach Program and hosted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The Manhattan Cyber Project is a follow-on effort to the 1996 Information Systems Security Survey, which was conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and a number of industry groups. This survey revealed startling findings on admitted security breaches in Fortune 1000 companies and elements of the national information infrastructure.

"Based upon the awareness generated from the survey and a call for another Manhattan-like' project from Senator Nunn's Security in Cyberspace Hearings, the Manhattan Cyber Project was launched," Christy explained. "The Infrastructure Protection Task Force also was created in July 1996, when President Clinton signed Executive Order13010. The mission of IPTF is to protect the critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats."

The IPTF is a multi-agency task force within the Department of Justice, chaired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The highest priority mission area of the IPTF is to provide education and awareness.

This seminar is designed to provide an opportunity to learn first-hand how to move about the Cyberspace information war and how to counterattack. Leaders from local government, emergency response, public utilities, electrical companies, Fortune 1000, gas and oil companies, telecommunications and academia should attend this seminar. Following the event, breakout sessions led by industry leaders will be held.

"Attendees will learn about the cyber threat, who the "enemies" are and how to protect themselves," Christy said.

Seminar speakers include Christy; Mark Gembincki, executive vice president, WarRoom Research; and Keith Rhodes, technical director for the Government Accounting Office.

To register, or for additional information, call the Manhattan Cyber Project information line at (509) 372-4708 or e-mail: manhattan.cyber@pnl.gov.

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