Policy Documents

The Alarming Trend of Cybersecurity Breaches and Failures in the U.S. Government

Paul Rosenzweig –
May 24, 2012

The number of cybersecurity attacks on, and breaches within, the United States government has been growing. The U.S. Senate is now gearing up to debate cybersecurity legislation—and will have to vote on whether the federal government should regulate cybersecurity measures of the private sector as well as those of government. The government’s track record on cybersecurity does not inspire confidence that it can devise effective cybersecurity regulations for the private sector. Cybersecurity for the nation should be a cooperative effort between the private sector and the government, with each contributing in its own way. Onerous regulations are not the solution to the ever-expanding reality of cyberthreats.