The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Academies is pleased to announce the release of a report entitled At the Nexus of Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Some Basic Concepts and Issues in prepublication form. The final book version of the report will be available in a few weeks, and a PDF of that final version will be available for free at this web site.
This report is a first for CSTB in that it seeks to distill the cybersecurity wisdom and insight of this entire body of Academy work in a form that is easily accessible to nonspecialists. It provides the essential technical background for understanding cyber threats and the basic principles of cybersecurity, and is pretty much self-contained in this regard. At the same time, it underscores the point that improvements in cybersecurity depend at least as much on non-technical factors, based in fields such as economics and psychology, as on secure code or tamper-resistant hardware.
So please download this report, distribute it to all of your nontechnical colleagues, and if you want a briefing on this, we’ll be happy to try to work something out.