April 27, 2012

Beyond CISPA: What's Next In the Cybersecurity Debate?

Jerry Brito

Former Senior Research Fellow
Summary

Now that CISPA has passed the House--and the White House has threatened a veto--all eyes will turn to the Senate. Mercatus Center scholar Jerry Brito says that the leading cybersecurity bill from Senators Lieberman and Collins, which has been endorsed by the White House, takes a radically different and regulatory approach.

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Now that CISPA has passed the House--and the White House has threatened a veto--all eyes will turn to the Senate.  Mercatus Center scholar Jerry Brito says that the leading cybersecurity bill from Senators Lieberman and Collins, which has been endorsed by the White House, takes a radically different and regulatory approach.

“While it's conceivable that an exemption from privacy protections may encourage more information sharing, the fact is no credible case has been made to support the top-down regulation of private network security,” said Brito.

“Although serious, the scale of the threat from cyberattacks has been greatly exaggerated, and the idea that private firms will not adequately protect themselves unless told how to do so by the government is not based on any evidence,” he said.

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