Title

The Role of Policy in Protecting Critical Infrastructure: Understanding the Elements that Strengthen Cybersecurity Strategies

Date of Award

5-30-2014

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Security Management

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Security Management

Advisor

Samuel Walters

Keywords

cybersecurity; cyberwar; policy analysis; National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace; National Infrastructure Protection Plan; critical infrastructure; cyberattack; mandatory compliance; metrics

Abstract

The protection of critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) against acts of cyber warfare requires the creation of robust cyber defense policies that are able to keep pace with the ever-evolving nature of cyberspace. Past policies have failed to generate adequate cybersecurity of the nation's privately-owned assets. This project compared and contrasted two major cybersecurity policies to identify which policy elements are needed to spur private sector protection efforts and enable the creation of a strong and resilient cyber defense strategy. Identification of important policy elements helps inform policymakers regarding the status of private sector cyber defense capabilities and encourages them to incorporate these elements into future cybersecurity policies.

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