Regulation Won’t Save You: Six Steps to Keep America Safe in Cyberspace

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Regulation Won’t Save You: Six Steps to Keep America Safe in Cyberspace

Feb 8th, 2016 1 min read
COMMENTARY BY
David Inserra

Policy Analyst, Homeland Security and Cyber Policy, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy

David Inserra specializes in homeland security issues, including cyber and immigration policy as well as critical infrastructure.

Cybersecurity threats are growing fast — and in ways that are hard to understand. Reactions range from denial (“It’s all hype”) to panicked cries that the digital sky is falling. As usual, the truth lies between these extremes.

Cybersecurity bills have sparked several legislative fights. Often, these have been characterized as partisan battles that have left America exposed to a growing variety of cyber threats. But that’s not very accurate. In fact, every major cyber bill introduced has gained bipartisan support as well as bipartisan opposition. The fight is not over whether cyber legislation is needed: It’s over what constitutes an appropriate response.

 - David Inserra, Policy Analyst

 

This piece originally appeared in War on the Rocks and can be read in its entirety at http://warontherocks.com/2016/02/regulation-wont-save-you-six-steps-to-keep-america-safe-in-cyberspace/