Current legislation before Congress has the potential to curb some abuses that occur on the Internet, including the pirating of intellectual property such as copyrighted motion pictures. However, some of the same legislation would also create risks to cyber security, according to the Obama Administration.
Howard Schmidt, who serves as the White House Cyber Security Administrator, along with some of his colleagues, explained the situation in more detail on the White House blog this week. “While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cyber security risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet."
The bills in question have not yet become law, but the salient point for many businesses is the fact that individual employees and managers are not best positioned to keep track of such legislative issues as they wind their way toward final approval. Should such measures, or others like them, become law, cyber security could be compromised for quite some time before the problems created, and IT solutions to address them, become widely known.
This challenge to the changing tech environment can be minimized through a managed programs approach. In such an approach, visiting staff who typically serve several companies come onto the premises to assist with maintenance and other IT tasks. Such staff can keep abreast of changes in the threat environment and can offer expertise in this regard so that businesses are not left adrift by situations such as this new legislation might create.