United States Homeland Security In The Information Age: Dealing With The Threat Of Cyberterrorism
Authors: Pasley, James F. (University of Oklahoma)
Abstract: The remarkable level of technological achievement the states of the North now enjoy has propelled these countries to higher and higher levels of economic standing. Technology has created a brave new world in which information is the key to security. Control of information must be a major goal of the United States in the years ahead because it is the new currency of power. Access to information drives the US economy, informs citizens, and provides intelligence to US policymakers; it must be guarded diligently.The events of 9/11 vividly displayed to the citizens of the United States that war is no longer limited to far away lands. The long shadow of terrorism now casts its dark shade over US shores and it must be addressed. Understanding what form future terrorist actions will take is key to US policymakers as they work to develop measures to defend against future terrorist actions. This article explores the threat of cyber-terrorism to US homeland security and then examines the Bush administrationís response to dealing with this threat.