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Critical Infrastructure: Legislative Factors for Preventing a "Cyber-Pearl Harbor"
by Robert K. Palmer
18 Va. J.L. & Tech. 289 (2014)   View PDF

Warnings about the possibility of a “cyber–Pearl Harbor” attack on our nation’s vulnerable critical infrastructure have been promulgated with increased frequency over the past several years. This Article proposes two essential baseline factors for cyber-legislation to incorporate in order to protect the nation’s critical ... [show]
Warnings about the possibility of a “cyber–Pearl Harbor” attack on our nation’s vulnerable critical infrastructure have been promulgated with increased frequency over the past several years. This Article proposes two essential baseline factors for cyber-legislation to incorporate in order to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure: (1) centralized and mandatory threat communication that is carefully tailored, and (2) government-incentivized, but private industry–led, security development. This Article arrives at these conclusions by first examining the currently existing cyber-threat to critical infrastructure through several examples before laying out why critical infrastructure has proven so vulnerable to, and unprepared for, cyber-attacks. Then, this Article analyzes how several legislative proposals can be utilized to address the vulnerability factors identified and why current law and executive action falls short of effective cybersecurity. [hide]




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