CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION GAO Report to Congressional Requesters (March 2004)

Testimony from the U.S. General Accounting Office(GAO)on the "Challenges and Efforts to Secure Control Systems". Securing control systems poses significant challenges including united specialized security technologies and lack of economic justification. Read the report from GAO here.


Computerized control systems perform vital functions across many of our nation’s critical infrastructures. For example, in natural gas distribution, they can monitor and control the pressure and flow of gas through pipelines. In October 1997, the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection emphasized the increasing vulnerability of control systems to cyber attacks. The House Committee on Government Reform and its Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census asked GAO to report on potential cyber vulnerabilities, focusing on (1) significant cybersecurity risks associated with control systems (2) potential and reported cyber attacks against these systems (3) key challenges to securing control systems and (4) efforts to strengthen the cybersecurity of control systems.

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