A report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security presents several scenarios in which well chosen attacks against key IT infrastructure elements could cause disruptions on a national scale. But the document also offers a surprisingly sunny assessment of the resilience and redundancies within the IT sector to mitigate the risk of such disruptions.
The 114-page report, released Tuesday, titled the "IT Sector Baseline Risk Assessment," was a joint effort between the DHS and the Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC). It is designed to give planners in the IT sector and in government a way to identify high-consequence risks and strategies for addressing them.
The report examines risks to six critical areas in the IT sector: IT supply chain, domain-name resolution services, identity management and trust support services, Internet-based content and communications services, Internet service and routing providers, and providers of incident response services. Read the Report.