||PDD 63: PDD 63 White Paper
In addressing this potential vulnerability and
the means of eliminating it, President Clinton wants those
involved to be mindful of the following general principles and concerns.
- We shall consult with, and seek input from, the Congress on approaches
and programs to meet the objectives set forth in this
- The protection of our critical infrastructures is necessarily a shared
responsibility and partnership between owners, operators and the
government. Furthermore, the Federal Government shall encourage
international cooperation to help manage this increasingly global
- Frequent assessments shall be made of our critical infrastructures'
existing reliability, vulnerability and threat environment because, as
technology and the nature of the threats to our critical infrastructures
will continue to change rapidly, so must our protective measures and
responses be robustly adaptive.
- The incentives that the market provides are the first choice for
addressing the problem of critical infrastructure protection;
regulation will be used only in the face of a material failure of the market
to protect the health, safety or well-being of the American people. In
such cases, agencies shall identify and assess available alternatives
to direct regulation, including providing economic incentives to
encourage the desired behavior, or providing information upon which
choices can be made by the private sector. These incentives, along with
other actions, shall be designed to help harness the latest
technologies, bring about global solutions to international
problems, and enable private sector owners and operators to achieve and
maintain the maximum feasible security.
- The full authorities, capabilities and resources of the government,
including law enforcement, regulation, foreign intelligence and defense
preparedness shall be available, as appropriate, to ensure that critical
infrastructure protection is achieved and maintained.
- Care must be taken to respect privacy rights. Consumers and operators
must have confidence that information will be handled accurately,
confidentially and reliably.
- The Federal Government shall, through its research, development and
procurement, encourage the introduction of increasingly capable methods
of infrastructure protection.
- The Federal Government shall serve as a model to the private sector on
how infrastructure assurance is best achieved and shall, to the extent
feasible, distribute the results of its endeavors.
- We must focus on preventative measures as well as threat and crisis
management. To that end, private sector owners and operators should be
encouraged to provide maximum feasible security for the infrastructures
they control and to provide the government necessary information to
assist them in that task. In order to engage the private sector fully,
it is preferred that participation by owners and operators in a national
infrastructure protection system be voluntary.
- Close cooperation and coordination with state and local governments and
first responders is essential for a robust and flexible infrastructure
protection program. All critical infrastructure protection plans and actions
shall take into consideration the needs, activities and
responsibilities of state and local governments and