Cyber security and regulation in the United States

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Full Title of Reference

Aux armes, citoyens: Cyber Security and Regulation in the United States

Full Citation

James Andrews Lewis, Aux armes, citoyens: Cyber Security and Regulation in the United States, 29 Telecomm. Pol'y 11 (2005). Web



Key Words

National Cybersecurity Strategy (U.S.)


Government policy for cyber security in the United States relies on voluntary and cooperative action by the private sector and has, until now, explicitly rejected the use of mandate or regulation. This stands in contrast to other defense and homeland security issues, such as those involving border protection or transportation, where government intervention is the norm. The decision to rely on voluntary action for cyber security reflects influential trends in security policies, deregulation, and the government's relation to the Internet that continue to shape US policy even after the attacks of September 11. The result is an ineffectual policy that underestimates the role of government.

Additional Notes and Highlights


 1. Introduction
 2. New threats
 3. New style governance
 4. Reassessing the cost of regulation
   4.1. Utilities
   4.2. Public safety
   4.3. Transportation
   4.4. Finance
   4.5. Manufacturing
 5. New model regulation
 6. Conclusion