Cybersecurity: Public Sector Threats and Responses

Kim J. Andreasson

December 20, 2011 by CRC Press
Reference - 392 Pages - 27 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439846636 - CAT# K12093
Series: Public Administration and Public Policy


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  • Offers a primer on public sector policy approaches to cyber security
  • Explains why the topic is so important, why one should care, and what threats to watch for
  • Brings the discussion of cyber security to a higher level to inform the reader of key policy issues
  • Provides valuable insight without technical terminology


The Internet has given rise to new opportunities for the public sector to improve efficiency and better serve constituents in the form of e-government. But with a rapidly growing user base globally and an increasing reliance on the Internet, digital tools are also exposing the public sector to new risks.

An accessible primer, Cybersecurity: Public Sector Threats and Responses focuses on the convergence of globalization, connectivity, and the migration of public sector functions online. It identifies the challenges you need to be aware of and examines emerging trends and strategies from around the world. Offering practical guidance for addressing contemporary risks, the book is organized into three sections:

  1. Global Trends—considers international e-government trends, includes case studies of common cyber threats and presents efforts of the premier global institution in the field
  2. National and Local Policy Approaches—examines the current policy environment in the United States and Europe and illustrates challenges at all levels of government
  3. Practical Considerations—explains how to prepare for cyber attacks, including an overview of relevant U.S. Federal cyber incident response policies, an organizational framework for assessing risk, and emerging trends

Also suitable for classroom use, this book will help you understand the threats facing your organization and the issues to consider when thinking about cybersecurity from a policy perspective.