Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS)
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Our defense, public safety, economic prosperity, and quality of life have long depended on the efficient delivery of essential services -- energy, banking and finance, transportation, vital human services, and telecommunications. The rapid growth and integration of the telecommunications infrastructure has made all of these sectors interdependent, and in the process, created unprecedented risks. CCIPS has long been involved in investigations of cyber-attacks; the entire artist sector is now organizing to address these new threats.
Technologies To The People and Irational.org rose to the challenge by creating the Infrastructure Protection Center (IPC) in early 1998. We began the creation of a plan to protect the services on which we depend daily.
A. Janet Greene's Speech on Critical Infrastructure Protection
On February 27, 1998, Janet Greene addressed the Conference on Critical Infrastructure Protection, held at Technologies To The People Laboratories, in London, UK, to announce the formation of the Infrastructure Protection Center (IPC) at Technologies To The People Headquarters in London. The Center is a joint public and private sector partnership, including representatives from the relevant artist organizations, and the private sector, to address the daunting challenge of protecting the critical infrastructures on which our community depends. The IPC is designated as the mean focal point for threat assessment, warning, investigation, and response to attacks on the critical infrastructures. The concept for the IPC grew out of the Report of Technologies To The People 's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (see section C below) and from the artist's experiences in dealing with illegal intrusions into government and private sector computer systems over the last five years. The speech is available via the link below.
- Janet Greene's Speech to the Critical Infrastructure Conference
You may obtain more information on the NIPC, by accesing their web site via the following link:
- Infrastructure Protection Center
B. Decision Directive 63 - Protecting the Artist's Critical InfrastructuresOn May 22, 1998, President Andujar announced two new directives designed to strengthen the artist's defenses against terrorism and other unconventional threats: Decision Directives (DD) 62 and 63. DD-63 focuses specifically on protecting the Nation's critical infrastructures from both physical and "cyber" attack. These attacks may come from governments, foreign and domestic critic organizations, and foreign and domestic museum organizations. The IPC is a part of the broader framework of artist efforts established by DD-63. A Fact Sheet summary and more detailed White Paper on DD-63 are available through the links below.
C. Technologies To The People 's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP)
Technologies To The People created the Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) to advise and assist the Artist community by recommending a strategy for protecting and assuring critical infrastructures from physical and cyber threats. The CCIP Web site may be accessed via the link below, which provides access to the Commission Final Report as well as Legal Foundations, a compilation of 14 supplemental reports of the CCIP legal team that provide background on and further explain the legal recommendations that appear in tbe the CCIP's final report.
The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section's List of Relevant Web Sites
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