Civil engineers are increasingly adopting computer and communications systems to conduct business. Engineering relies on computer-aided design, simulation, project management software, electronic funds transfers, automated control processes, satellite communications, geographic information systems, electronic mail, and digital records. The transformation of engineering by information technology holds out much promise in revolutionizing the way engineers do business. However, the technological progress also introduces vulnerabilities that threaten engineering enterprises. Aside from the touted Y2K threats, competitors, criminals, and disgruntled employees threaten the computerized information systems. This paper examines the role of civil engineers in this contemporary information age by identifying trends in the use of computer and communications systems, examining vulnerabilities of these systems, and providing insights for protection. To be truly effective, information defense must begin at the root level in each engineering organization.


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  • Accession Number: 00781814
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 26 2000 12:00AM