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What is Cyber Security

Cyber security is the prevention of damage to, the protection of, and the restoration of computers, electronic communications systems, electronic communication services, wire communication, and electronic communication, including information contained therein, to ensure its availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and nonrepudiation. Cyber security may include technology, policies and training to achieve its goal of protecting and assuring information quality.

Who Affects Cyber Security Policy

Cyber security is a non-partisan issue. Work to strengthen cyber security began in the Clinton administration. The Bush administration continued and boosted this work. The bipartisan work to help the government and private sector improve security has created innovations such as an initiative to secure personal healthcare information sent over the Internet. Continued bipartisan efforts to forge stronger cyber security will help protect identities and personal information of U.S. citizens, protect people, businesses and the economy from financial losses, and guarantee the continuous operation of critical services vital to the operation of our information-based society.

Why Cyber Security Matters

Cyber Security Is Vital.  Following the tragedy of 9/11, physical security has been the appropriate national focus. Now, enhancement of national security requires the added dimension of cyber security, especially as technology integrates more deeply with daily life and business in addition to national defense.

Cyber attacks and security breaches cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars of direct losses. They shatter innocent lives by fallout from stolen identities. Attacks can ruin businesses and foil military plans with stolen intellectual property. And they may cause downtime and risk stoppage of vital services blocked by catastrophic system failure from weakened critical infrastructure.

Cyber security increases accountability, ensuring the integrity of data and financial databases. Improved Cyber security will further protect and strengthen all freedoms.