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Cyberspace: United States Faces Challenges in Addressing Global Cybersecurity and Governance

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Recent foreign-based intrusions on the computer systems of U.S. federal agencies and commercial companies highlight the vulnerabilities of the interconnected networks that comprise the Internet, as well as the need to adequately address the global security and governance of cyberspace. Federal law and policy give a number of federal entities responsibilities for representing U.S. cyberspace interests abroad, in collaboration with the private sector. More recently, the President appointed a national Cybersecurity Coordinator charged with improving the nations cybersecurity leadership. GAO was asked to identify 1 significant entities and efforts addressing global cyberspace security and governance issues, 2 U.S. entities responsible for addressing these issues and the extent of their involvement at the international level, and 3 challenges to effective U.S. involvement in global cyberspace security and governance efforts. To do this, GAO analyzed policies, reports, and other documents and interviewed U.S. government and international officials and experts from over 30 organizations.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Computer Systems

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[A, Approved For Public Release]