Students on cybersecurity task force weigh policy options

From: Princeton University

“Cybersecurity” has been in the American lexicon for decades. The U.S. has typically taken a defensive approach to cyberwarfare, responding to attacks as they occur but leaving preventative strategy to private companies. But recent extensive invasions like the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack, the Target data breach and an attack on the White House network have called national attention to the sharp rise in cyberattacks, exposing the vulnerabilities of millions of Americans.

“Cybersecurity: Attacks and Consequences,” a class offered in the format of a policy task force at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs this spring, sought to evaluate the need to address the public harm caused by cyberattacks and to offer recommendations to policymakers.

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