Prof. Dr. Duncan Hollis - "Beyond the Law’s Flaws: Can We Ever Devise Effective Legal Regulation of Cyberthreats?"Author: Law School
"Beyond the Law’s Flaws:
Can We Ever Devise Effective Legal Regulation of Cyberthreats?"
Prof. Dr. Duncan Hollis - Temple University School of Law
2 October 2014 13:00 ENG Z50
As is well known, cyberthreats—both known and unknown—pose a significant problem for industries and nation states alike. Businesses regularly suffer disruptions and the loss of intellectual property or other data, such as Target's loss of 40 million payment card numbers in December 2013 and the shutdown of 30,000 of Saudi Aramco's workstations in 2012. The perpetrators of such threats range widely from annoying but relatively harmless low-skilled hacks to much more sophisticated cyber-criminal organizations, hacktivists, militaries, and state-sponsored sources. Three decades into the life of the Internet, however, surprisingly little law exists specifically designed to redress cyberthreats. Businesses have limited options to respond on an individual or a collective basis. This presentation will survey existing legal responses to cyberthreats at both the domestic and international level, including President Obama's most recent Executive Order and the Cybercrime Convention. To the extent that most of these responses are inadequate and ineffective, we will discuss a range of future possibilities for how to respond to law’s existing flaws.