Cyber Security: Assessing Our Vulnerabilities and Developing an Effective Defense

  • Eugene H. Spafford
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5661)


The number and sophistication of cyberattacks continues to increase, but no national policy is in place to confront them. Critical systems need to be built on secure foundations, rather than the cheapest general-purpose platform. A program that combines education in cyber security, increasing resources for law enforcement, development of reliable systems for critical applications, and expanding research support in multiple areas of security and reliability is essential to combat risks that are far beyond the nuisances of spam email and viruses, and involve widespread espionage, theft, and attacks on essential services.


cyber security security education security policy vulnerabilities patching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene H. Spafford
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  1. 1.CERIASPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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