Corporate Cybersecurity: The International Threat to Private Networks and How Regulations Can Mitigate It

Eric Hyla· 21 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. 309

Abstract

Cyberattacks are occurring at an accelerating pace. Foreign nations are increasingly utilizing hacking as a tool for economic gain, acts of aggression, or international political expression. At risk are US consumers’ personal data, private firms’ bottom line, and the economies’ integrity. In response, federal and state lawmakers have issued a series of disparate, uncoordinated policies seeking to strengthen cybersecurity practices. However, recent events indicate that these policies are less than ideal. This Note suggests that a unified response to cybersecurity is required and calls for the establishment of a single, central federal agency with authority over all cybersecurity regulations. Such an agency would promulgate adequate and appropriate regulations to best protect sensitive data.