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January 2003

IT security supports increased federal cybersecurity law, survey finds

"Don't tread on me." This centuries-old motto for American individualism and autonomy also symbolizes traditional attitudes toward government involvement in enterprise IT. The IT community historically has rejected government attempts to regulate areas such as Internet commerce and electronic privacy. In similar fashion, IT security departments largely have opposed government proposals for security regulation, regarding them as costly, intrusive and misaligned to the everyday challenges of information protection. But a recent survey by Information Security shows that IT security's historical attitude toward legislation may be changing. In a significant about-face from the past, many IT security practitioners now welcome certain laws that would directly impact the way they secure their enterprise infrastructure (Figure 1). In the survey, the magazine asked approximately 1,640 IT security practitioners whether they would support prospective cybersecurity laws that would... Require nongovernmental organizations to adopt minimum ...

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