Cybersecurity

Remediation won’t cut it – we need cyber resilience

Since its cybersecurity kerfuffle in June, Equifax has become a four-letter word. And that word is "hack." CEO Richard Smith went to Washington this past week to testify in …

It’s time to pass legislation governing a key part of the government’s hacking policy

The following op-ed was co-authored by Michelle Richardson, deputy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Freedom, Security, and Technology Project. It’s well-known that government is in the …

The right path forward for Congress on cyber deterrence

Nuclear deterrence was one of the most thoroughly studied doctrines of the 20th Century and went through decades of refinement. Policymakers today face an even more daunting challenge …

Three Early Lessons From the Equifax Hack

It’s been almost two weeks since Equifax reported the hack of 143 million consumer records. Already, we are getting a picture of how the public reacts to a …

Put Silicon Valley in D.C. with a cyber workforce incubator

The following op-ed was co-authored by Jesse Goldhammer, associate dean for business development and strategic planning at UC Berkeley’s School of Information and senior adviser to the Center for …

The Equifax Hack: Time to get serious about consumer data protection

What’s said about money can be said about data: No one treats other people’s information the way they treat their own. This week, Equifax—one of the "big three" consumer …

War for the Web: Countering ISIS and violent extremism online

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in London, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has been at the forefront of international calls for technology companies to do …

R Street’s voting guide for SXSW panels!

VOTING ENDS AUGUST 25!!!! We’ve put together some great policy panels for next year’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP to get in the final conference …

R Street comments to the NTIA on botnets

On behalf of the R Street Institute, we respectfully submit these comments in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) request for comments on actions that …

What the ‘internet of things’ can learn from used cars

The following op-ed was co-authored by James Czerniawski, a research assistant with the R Street Institute. This past week's "Petya" ransomware attack on companies, airports and government departments across Europe—the …

Four takeaways from Sessions’ Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions competently defended himself before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, as he answered a range of questions about the Trump campaign and his actions during …

The next security risk may be your vibrator

The following op-ed was co-authored by Amie Stepanovich, U.S. policy manager and global policy counsel for Access Now.  Until hackers discovered the internet of things, a maker of kitchen appliances didn't …

WannaCry underscores a need for cyber hygiene and insurance

“Oops, your important files are encrypted” read the pop-up message on hundreds of thousands of Windows operating systems across the world. The ransomware cyberattack, infamously labeled “WannaCry,” paralyzed …

The ‘Teddy Bear and Toaster Act’ is device regulation done wrong

Should government to protect us from snooping teddy bears and untrustworthy toasters? The California State Senate seems to think so. With traditional devices on the decline, laptop and desktop …

R Street comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Version 1.1

Introduction On behalf of the R Street Institute, we respectfully submit these comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity …

Toward a global norm against manipulating integrity of financial data

The following is a guest post by Tim Maurer, who co-directs the Cyber Policy Initiative at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Steven Nyikos, research analyst at …

Robots are in our future. Will policymakers keep denying that?

You’d be forgiven for getting worried about how many smart folks seem to be warning lately that robots are taking all our jobs. Bill Gates calls for the …

Aligning cybersecurity incentives in the internet of things

The scale and scope of connected devices that make up the "internet of things" present a unique cybersecurity challenge, as one device’s vulnerability can be a problem for …

SXSW Roundup: What will AR/VR revolutionize next?

The experiential factor in augmented and virtual reality leads to a more vivid sense of presence and immersion, when compared to other media like television or radio. This …

SXSW Roundup: International cooperation in cybersecurity

At the recent South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, I took participated in a panel discussion hosted by the European Union and exploring opportunities for international cooperation …

Westworld shouldn’t frame debate over artificial intelligence

In the HBO show Westworld, guests are immersed in a Western experiential theme park populated by human-like robots bordering on self-awareness. The show exploits and exacerbates natural anxieties about …

Hobson talks tech on ‘Mike Check’ show

R Street Tech Policy Fellow Anne Hobson appeared last week as a guest on the popular “Mike Check” show on KVOI-FM in Tucson, Arizona. Along with hosts Mike …

Feds have an abysmal track record when it comes to cybersecurity

The following op-ed was co-authored by Daniel Oglesby, a research associate with the R Street Institute. Despite work by Congress to pass more than 50 laws to address cybersecurity, the …

A cyber mandate isn’t the way to address cyber-insurance takeup

To improve cyber preparedness and help companies recover from cyberattacks, it's essential that the takeup rate for cyber insurance continues to rise. The insurance capacity plainly exists to …

How the federal government could lead by example in cyber insurance

The takeup rate of cyber insurance is rising, but the market's growth to date has been uneven. Anne Hobson, a technology policy fellow at the R Street Institute, …

Aligning cybersecurity incentives in an interconnected world

In the stop-motion animated short “Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers,” the protagonist Wallace’s alarm clock kicks off a Rube Goldberg-like chain of machines and devices that dress …

Hobson talks ‘Poképolicy’ on the Tech Policy Podcast

Last summer's megahit game Pokémon Go was many Americans' first introduction to the notion of "augmented reality," in which artificial visuals are superimposed onto the real world. R …

Politicians should stay out of cybersecurity market

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Tech Policy Fellow Anne Hobson. As online crime has come into its own, ransomware—a particularly insidious type of cyber attack—has emerged …

Cybersecurity in the internet of things is a game of incentives

Cybersecurity was the virtual elephant in the showroom at this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Attendees of the annual tech trade show, organized by the Consumer …

In internet of things era, cybersecurity for autonomous vehicles will require restraint

The following op-ed was co-authored by Darren Teshima, a litigation partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco. Concerns about the vulnerability of America's physical infrastructure have long …

Anne Hobson on the ICANN transition and the future of internet governance

On Oct. 1, the National Telecommunications and Infrastructure Administration’s  (NTIA) contract with the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) expires and the transition to a …

R Street Institute to Congress: Vote NO on H.R. 4889, the Kelsey Smith Act

The R Street Institute encourages all members to vote no on H.R. 4889, the Kelsey Smith Act. This bill is expected to be considered under suspension of the …

It’s time for Uber’s regulators to be as transparent as the company is

This post was coauthored by R Street Policy Analyst Nathan Leamer. Recent years have seen a range of internet companies release “transparency reports” that attempt to detail, to the …

Burr-Feinstein anti-crypto proposal would undermine digital security everywhere

We at R Street have known for a while that Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C. and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. were planning to propose anti-encryption legislation that would be truly …

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