The challenge of providing secure information is not new. Since the early days of computer networking, we have been striving to ensure the sanctity of bits and bytes. As computer and communications technologies advanced exponentially, so did the security challenges facing our information community. Now, information systems are everywhere and have become essential elements in the daily operations of industry, civil government, the intelligence community and military forces.
We must view information in today’s world much like we think of oxygen in the air. It is an essential part of life, it is ubiquitous, and its denial or contamination can be life-altering or even fatal.