Accession Number:

ADA394227

Title:

Information Security: Computer Hacker Information Available on the Internet

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ACCOUNTING AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DIV

Report Date:

1996-06-05

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

The Department of Defense, like the rest of government and the private sector, relies on technology. The Department depends increasingly on computers linked together in a vast collection of networks, many of which are connected to the worldwide Internet. The Internet provides tremendous benefits it can streamline business operations and put a vast array of information at the fingertips of millions of users. Over the last several years, we have seen a rush to connect to the Internet, and today there are over 40 million users worldwide. However, with these benefits come risks. Hackers have been exploiting security weaknesses of systems connected to the Internet for years. The number of people with access to the Internet, any one of which is a potential hacker, coupled with the rapid growth and reliance on interconnected computers, has made the cyberspace frontier a dangerous place. Hackers have more tools and techniques than ever before, and the number of attacks is growing every day. The need for secure information systems and networks has never been greater.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE