Accession Number : ADA337073

Title :   Issue Update on Information Security and Privacy in Network Environments

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA337073

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 150

Abstract : Controversies, problems, and proposed solutions related to information security and privacy are becoming increasingly prominent among government, business, academia, and the general public. At the same time, use of information networks for business has continued to expand, and ventures to bring electronic commerce and "electronic cash" into homes and offices are materializing rapidly. Government agencies have continued to expand both the scale and scope of their network connectivities; information technologies and networks are featured prominently in plans to make government more efficient, effective, and responsive. Until recently, topics such as intrusion countermeasures for computer networks or the merits of particular encryption techniques were mostly of interest to specialists. However, in the past few years, stories about controversial federal encryption standards, 'password sniffing' and un-authorized intrusions on the Internet, the pursuit and capture of a notorious computer 'cracker,' and export controls on computer programs that perform encryption have become front-page news.

Descriptors :   *CRYPTOGRAPHY, *DATA PROCESSING SECURITY, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, CONTROL, ELECTRONICS, COMMERCE, ENVIRONMENTS, EXPORTS, NETWORKS, COMPUTER NETWORKS, PURSUIT COURSES, COUNTERMEASURES, INTRUSION, HOUSING(DWELLINGS), MONEY.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE