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November/December 2004 (vol. 8 no. 6)
pp. 16-17
Mike Reiter, Carnegie Mellon University
Pankaj Rohatgi, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
"Homeland security" is a major concern for governments worldwide, which must protect their populations and the critical infrastructures that support them. Information technology plays an important role in many homeland security initiatives. On one hand, it can help mitigate risk and enable effective responses to disasters of natural or human origin. Yet, its suitability for this role is plagued by questions ranging from dependability concerns to the risks that some technologies, such as surveillance, profiling and data aggregation, pose to privacy and civil liberties. On the other hand, information technology is itself an infrastructure to be protected. This includes not only the Internet and financial infrastructure but also the complex systems that control critical infrastructure such as energy, transportation, and manufacturing.
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Homeland security, critical infrastructure, faul-tolerance, intrusion detection
Mike Reiter, Pankaj Rohatgi, "Homeland Security," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 16-17, Nov.-Dec. 2004, doi:10.1109/MIC.2004.62
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