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2015 U. Ill. J.L. Tech. & Pol'y 341 (2015)
Cybersecurity: What about U.S. Policy?

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                                                    Lawrence   J. Trautmant

     This  article is inspired by the potential of significant new university
initiatives on cybersecurity research: First, at the Harvard Berkman Center for
Internet and Society's forthcoming  project on Cybersecurity: Rethinking the
Role  of the  Foreign Intelligence Community in Promoting Cybersecurity.
Thanks   to Jonathan  Zittrain (Principal Investigator), Matt  Olsen, Bruce
Schneier,  Urs Gasser, David  O'Brien,  and  Rob  Faris for undertaking  this
important  project. Next,  a recent gift by the  William  and Flora Hewlett
Foundation  has resulted in the establishment of three major new cybersecurity
policy research initiatives at: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT);
Stanford University; and University of California, Berkeley. Also  deserving
special mention  is Southern Methodist University's Darwin  Deason  Institute
for Cyber  Security. Particular thanks to Frederick R. Chang, Carol  Mullins
Hayes,  Admiral Bobby   R. Inman, USN   (Retired), Mitchell Kominsky, Stuart
S. Malawer,  and  Julie J.C.H. Ryan  for their assistance in the research and
preparation of this article. All errors and omissions are my own.

     During December   2014, just hours before the holiday recess, the  U.S.
Congress  passed five major  legislative proposals designed to enhance  U.S.
cybersecurity. Following  signature by  the President, these became the first
cybersecurity laws  to be  enacted in over  a decade,  since passage  of the
Federal Information Security Management   Act of 2002. My  goal is to explore
the unusually  complex subject of cybersecurity policy in a highly readable
manner.  An  analogy with the recent deadly and global Ebola epidemic is used
to illustrate policy challenges, and hopefully will assist in transforming the
technological language  of cybersecurity into a more  easily understandable
story. Much   like Ebola, cyberthreat has the ability to bring our cities to a
standstill. Many  cybersecurity policy implications are strikingly similar to
those occasioned by Ebola.
     First, a brief recital of the grave danger and potential consequences of

     t  BA, The American University; MBA, The George Washington University; post-graduate studies
(Management Information Systems) University of Texas at Dallas; and JD, Oklahoma City Univ. School of
Law. Mr. Trautman is a past president of the Dallas Internet Society and the New York and Metropolitan
Washington/Baltimore Chapters of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He may be reached at


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