Cybersecurity: Public Sector Threats and Responses

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CRC Press
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6.1 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.72 pounds

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About the Author

Mr. Kim Andreasson has advised the United Nations on e-government since 2003, most recently in preparation for the global 2012 e-government survey, and is a managing director of DAKA advisory AB, a consultancy. He was previously an associate director and a senior editor at The Economist Group's Business Research division where he co-edited the annual report on the Digital Economy Rankings. Andreasson is an elected member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Pacific Council of International Policy and is a John C. Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics.


Given our increased global reliance on information and communication technologies--and the threats that come with it--the time is ripe for a book that looks specifically at cybersecurity in the public sector across the world. Having advised the United Nations on e-government since 2003, Kim Andreasson is just the person to do so.
Karen S. Evans, Administrator (Retired), E-Government and Information Technology, Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget

One of the myriad benefits of the Internet has been the increase in efficiency and speed of communications. What used to take days and weeks to transmit can now be sent instantly with Facebook, e-mail, Twitter, and the like. In Cybersecurity: Public Sector Threats and Responses, author Kim Andreasson provides an overÂ-view of how government agencies and other public-sector groups can use the Internet without introducing unnecessary risks to their constituents.

The book recognizes that the Internet has rapidly changed the way the public sector interacts with citizens. The quick ramp-up to Internet connectivity has led many public sector agencies to give short shrift to the issues of security and privacy. This work provides a high-level overview of security trends surrounding the effort to make government more connected, taking a broad approach with a heavy international focus. Numerous case studies demonstrate how agencies worldwide have dealt with the threats and vulnerabilities involved in moving to an e-government mode.

One challenge that governments face is that they often move at a snail's pace, while security threats move substantially more quickly.

For those who need a highly detailed approach to cybersecurity in the public sector, this may not be the best title. But for those seeking a broad overview of the topic,
Cybersecurity: Public Sector Threats and Responses is a good starting point.
Ben Rothke, CISSP CISM, in Security Management, May 2013