The United States is vulnerable to Information Warfare
attacks because our economic, social, military, and commercial
infrastructures demand timely and accurate as well as reliable
information services. This vulnerability is complicated by the
dependence of our DoD information systems on commercial or proprietary
networks which are readily accessed by both users and adversaries. The
identification of the critical paths and key vulnerabilities within the
information infrastructure is an enormous task. Recent advances in
information technology have made information systems easier to use,
less expensive, and more available to a wide spectrum of potential
The security of our nation depends on the
survivability, authenticity, and continuity of DoD information systems.
These systems are vulnerable to external attacks, due in part to the
necessary dependence on commercial systems and the increased use of the
Internet. The survivability, authenticity, and continuity of DoD
information systems is of supreme importance to the Warfighter. With
the increasing amount of concern and Information Warfare activities
requiring rapid responses, it is difficult to ensure that all
appropriate agencies and organizations are given the knowledge and
tools to protect from, react to, and defend against Information Warfare
attacks. CSIAC has been established under the direction of the Defense Technical Information Center
and the integrated sponsorship of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
Research and Engineering (ASDR&E); Assistant to Secretary of
Defense/Networks and Information Integration; and the Joint Staff.
CSIAC serves as a central authoritative source for
Information Assurance vulnerability data, information, methodologies,
models, and analyses of emerging technologies relating to the
survivability, authenticity, and continuity of operation of information
systems critical to the nation's defense in support of the agencies'
front line missions.
CSIAC operates as a specialized subject focal point,
supplementing DTIC services within DoD Directive 3200.12, DoD
Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP), dated 11 February
CSIAC operates under the direction of our Government
Steering Committee. The committee is made up of 19 individuals from
Government, DoD and the research and development (R&D) community,
including representation from the Defense Information Assurance Program
(DIAP), Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO), National Security Agency (NSA), Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Office
of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and the Navy Information Operations
Command - Norfolk, to name a few. The steering committee meets once
a year and provides input and feedback to CSIAC’s operations,
particularly our information collection and information dissemination
efforts. Additionally, the topics of the technical reports that CSIAC
authors are dictated by our Steering Committee.
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The Cyber Security and Information Systems Information Analysis Center
(CSIAC) is a U.S. Department of Defense Information
Analysis Center (IAC) sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC),
and Assistant Secretary of
Defense Research and Engineering (ASDR&E). CSIAC is hosted by Quanterion Solutions Incorporated.