Infrastructure protection lacking according to new GAO report
| 07.19.2007 | 09:28:34 | Views: 3568 | ID:
July 19 '07: After more than a year of planning, the "nation's critical infrastructure sectors still fall short on providing incentives to private owners to assess vulnerabilities and risks," Washington Technology reported according to a new GAO report (see report link below at bottom of article). The report encourages public/private partnerships to help develop security measures for the country's critical infrastructure as a way of speeding-up the process.
More than 17 infrastructure sectors were interviewed for the report and many of those interviewed do meet the National Infrastructure Protection Plan requirements."Our nation's critical infrastructures and key resources - including those cyber and physical assets ... continue to be vulnerable to a wide variety of threats," the report stated. ""Because the private sector owns 85 percent of the nation's critical infrastructure and key resources ... it is vital that the public and private sectors form effective partnerships to successfully protect these assets." The report also found that the public/private model for participation "encourages voluntary formation of a sector coordinating council - composed of representative owner-operators of critical assets ... or representatives from private sector trade associations."
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