Four laws Congress needs to pass now to boost computer security

Thursday, 1 February 2007, 7:33 PM EST

Even though we have a new Congress, I doubt that much will change with regard to computer security. While a law related to identity theft will probably be passed in one form or another, I expect that it will be trivial and not deal with preventing the theft of individuals' personal information.

Corporate lobbyists have proved themselves to be too adept at manipulating members of Congress so they don't pass laws requiring companies to be proactive, especially with regard to security measures. Identity theft is a symptom of poor computer security. There are two underlying methods of identity theft: hacks of vendor computers, and client-side attacks.

At Computerworld.

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