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This background paper was prepared as part of the Office of Technology Assessment's follow-on assistance to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, subsequent to release of the September 1994 OTA report Information Security and Privacy in Network Environments. The Committee requested additional informational and analytical assistance from OTA in order to prepare for hearings and legislation in the 104th Congress.
This background paper updates and develops some key issues that OTA had identified in its earlier report, in light of recent developments in the private sector and in government. During the course of this work, OTA found that the need for timely attention to the security of unclassified information has intensified in the months since the 1994 report was issued.