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January 2003

More cybersecurity laws needed for operational IT security

The U.S. has already adopted several laws related to cybersecurity. However, these laws either don't affect operational IT security on a corporate or national infrastructure level, or affect only specific business practices within select industrial sectors. For instance, the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), enacted in 1998, was an early attempt to make the Internet more secure for children. But COPPA didn't deal with making the Internet operationally more secure. Similarly, legislation such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Security Systems and Standards Certification Act (SSSCA) and the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA) were advertised as "security" laws. But while IT security technologies are necessary to implement many of the provisions in these laws, securing the core infrastructure--at either a national or corporate level--is beyond their purview. Recent industry-specific regulations--such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for...

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