To: National Security Council From: Cyber Security Student, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Campus Subject: Internet Security: Online privacy policies help criminals, but raise questions about increasing surveillance and decreasing privacy to general public. Internet privacy may be a thing in the past due to necessary government control. 1. Executive Summary: The NSC has tasked us to assess the potential risks associated with the United States government expanding their abilities of monitoring Internet traffic to protect all U.
S. citizens, and Cyberspace as it has been deemed a vital infrastructure to the U. S. economy. Based on the all reviewed information we believe it is necessary to raise security measures in order to protect all citizens. Every business in the world is connected to the internet in some way, which makes for an interesting threat. Major shopping sites including EBay, Amazon, Best Buy and many others allow purchases that require the consumers to input their address, name and credit card information.
Hackers have been successful in retrieving this information many times, some in which were never reported to consumers. It is impossible to test these types of website because companies consider their security policies as confidential. 1Also web pages actually collect personal information including ISP addresses which already takes away the anonymity of online surfing. Which brings us to the current dilemma should the government increase surveillance and take away the general public’s privacy online.
We believe that most citizens will be unhappy with the new requirements but will understand that it is necessary to ensure their information and the government’s information will remain safe. (xxxxxx). The government has already started to make these types of changes with their federal networks with the invention of EINSTEIN 1 and 2 which are intrusion detectors. 2 These programs used We believe that an increase in surveillance is necessary to protect society but must be done carefully to not affect amendment rights.
We base our assessment on the following key underlying factors: * The ease of getting personal information by criminal hackers needs to be stopped. Currently there are at least 5000 know viruses present on the internet. Also with the major companies getting hacked for personal information there needs to be more strict standards. * The public hasn’t shown any backlash from the previous raising standards. We believe that there will be some people against the stricter policies but the majority will view this as it being in their best interest. 2.
There needs to be an increase of security on federal systems to prevent future attacks. 3. The threats of cyber warfare on civilian markets. 4. What can the government do to protect society from such threats. 5. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] edu 1Phillips, John T. , information Management Journal, Privacy vs. cybersecurity: the advantages of doing business over the Internet are tremendous–but only if enterprises can ensure exchanging information in cyberspace is secure, May 1, 20002 () 2The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative 3 4 5 6