Analysts Say It’s Time For Internet Laws

Traffic rules are essential and life-saving on highways – and cybersecurity experts are saying the information superhighway, too, will only be safe when tough laws are in place. The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has been trying to draft legislation that spells out how government can work with private industry to protect critical computer networks, set industry standards and promote a more cyber-savvy public. But the committee, now on its fourth draft, faces strong protests.

In an article on the Los Angeles Times website, Lolita C. Baldor says privacy advocates and other critics have the government grasping for “ways to encourage rather than mandate better online security.”

James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert and senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Los Angeles Times that “the days of the Internet Wild West are over,” Baldor writes.

“Just as cars were not built to be safe until government pressure changed auto manufacturers’ behavior, cyberspace will not be secure until government forces improvement,” Lewis said.

To read the Los Angeles Times article, click here:,0,992713.story