United States Cybersecurity Policy

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In 2017 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled a case with the investment advisory firm RT Jones. The company had suffered a data breach that compromised the personal details of nearly 100,000 people, just months before hackers breached the SEC’s own cyber defenses.

As long ago as 2015 former U.S. President Obama called cyberattacks a “national emergency.” Both houses of Congress and both major political parties agreed on the urgency of the cyber threat by nation-states and organized crime. Though they were able to pass a data-sharing bill that year, efforts to create a unified cyber security federal mandate have stalled since then.

The vacuum that federal inactivity on the topic has left the states to act. Half of the state governments have enacted laws that define behaviors and punitive measures to protect data and networks. The patchwork of cyber coverage complicates compliance for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and increases risks for companies that work across state lines.

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