President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection

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The President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP) was created by President William Jefferson Clinton "to advise and assist the President of the United States by recommending a national strategy for protecting and assuring critical infrastructures from physical and cyber threats." [1]

"Effective March 1, 2003, the National Infrastructure Protection Center has Cyberofficially moved into the new Department of Homeland Security under the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) Directorate." [2]


"On May 22, 1998, the President signed Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD 63), Critical Infrastructure Protection, designed to defend the nation's critical infrastructure from physical and cyber intrusions. PDD-63 calls for a national effort to assure the security of the vulnerable and interconnected infrastructure of the United States (U.S.), most notably telecommunications. The foundation of PDD-63 stresses the critical importance of cooperation between the government and the private sector because the critical infrastructure of the U.S. is primarily owned and operated by the private sector. [3]

"President George W. Bush, in October 2001, signed Executive Order 13231, Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Information Age, which created the PCIPB. The PCIPB's core mission is to secure cyberspace." [4]

  • James Ellis, David Fisher, Thomas Longstaff, Linda Pesante, and Richard Pethia.
  • CERT® Coordination Center, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • January 1997


"This report was submitted to the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection. Based on the experience of the CERT® Coordination Center, we identify threats to and vulnerabilities of the Internet and estimate the cascade effect that a successful, sustained attack on the Internet would have on the critical national infrastructures set out in Executive Order 13010-Critical Infrastructure Protection. Finally, we discuss the implications for public policy and make specific recommendations." [5]

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