Accession Number : ADA328131

Title :   Operational Protection of Information Technology Assets. A Commander's Guide to Risk Reduction.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Hamby, Janice M.

PDF Url : ADA328131

Report Date : 19 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : Information technology (IT) is an essential part of any military action. The U.S. military increasingly relies on the force multiplier effect yielded by technological superiority and plans to conduct information warfare (IW) in future conflicts to minimize exposure and risk to forces. Despite the clear advantages that IT and IW can create for the combatant commander, their use is not risk free. Heavy dependence on IT yields a target rich environment for any adversary wishing to conduct his own IW campaign. Current developments in doctrine for IW do not adequately focus on the potential ramifications of IW and fail to highlight the criticality of the function of defensive IW (IW-D) and the operational protection of our extended IT infrastructure. Thoughtful, methodical approaches to minimize risk are needed. This paper provides context for and proposes one such approach. Information technology (IT) is an essential part of any military action.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *RISK, *REDUCTION, WARFARE, DECISION MAKING, MANAGEMENT, PEACETIME, PROTECTION, MILITARY COMMANDERS, INFRASTRUCTURE.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE