Today, more than ever, it is important to discuss the current cyber security and data protection laws that are affecting businesses. Many different types of security threats can be associated with the Internet, such as identity theft, spam, and malware. Because of this, many laws have been placed on the books that are necessary for protecting both companies and individuals. One of these laws has to do with websites. Since so many different types of information can be viewed on a website, it is essential to make sure that there is not inappropriate material posted.
In this day and age, many different types of software programs exist that can be accessed via the Internet. As such, if there is any type of hacking or malware that gets into a company’s computer system, this will cause serious problems for that company. To prevent this from happening, many different cyber security and data protection laws are being enacted into law that will help to protect a business.
First of all, there is a cyber security and data protection law that goes by the name of the Stolen Computer Enforcement Act. This law was put into effect in the year 2021, and basically says that any computer that has been lost or stolen will need to be reported to a cyber crime investigator. When this is done, the investigator will create an estimate as to how much money the computer will be worth. The Stolen Computer Enforcement Act has a number of different penalties that can be assigned to those that fail to report a stolen computer. Some of these include heavy fines, probation, and even imprisonment.
Another law that is extremely important for today’s society is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This is a very important law because this allows the use of certain copyrighted materials on the Internet. For example, movies and music can be reproduced, and images can be copied. While there are many legal aspects to this law, the most important part of it is the fact that it strengthens copyright laws throughout the world. As a result, illegal copying of any type is avoided.
Another very important law that is enforced today is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This is a law that punishes those who obtain personal information about a person under false pretenses. The way in which this works is that anyone who obtains the information must reveal it before it can be used. Cyber criminals are very cleverly using new technology to obtain the information they need, and this information could put the life of an individual in danger.
In addition to these different laws, there are different international conventions that need to be implemented. Every country in the world has different laws regarding cyber security, including copyright infringement. It is very important to remember that no one knows the cyber security threats better than the people who are working to prevent them. When people share their knowledge about these different issues, more jobs will be available for qualified professionals.
Current Cybersecurity And Data Protection Laws
Current cybersecurity and data protection law is complicated and confusing. There are currently three major federal laws regarding computer crimes and one at the state level. Federal law requires that any company safeguard its customers’ information with firewall protection and physical security measures. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) publishes a cyber-security bill calendar every year with an estimate of costs for implementing the legislation.
Two types of federal law directly impact information security. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates the privacy of financial information. The Privacy and Electronic Communication Fair Exchange Act (PECFA) governs how electronic communications are protected. Both have been cited in the recent Sony Pictures Emails case as having failed to provide adequate consumer protection. Both have been cited in other news stories about security lapses at major corporations, including Target, Home Depot, and Disney.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was responsible for drafting the FCRA because it wants to ensure all companies take reasonable steps to protect the private information of their customers. The department released a white paper that explains the way in which consumer information is protected when sending emails or making requests for products online. However, the FCRA still hasn’t been completely enacted into law. House committees are holding hearings about the proposed changes to the law. There is also a proposed bill in the Senate that would require major companies to store their private information with encrypted databases, but that legislation is not garnering support from the House.
Another piece of federal law is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This passed in 1996 and is popularly known as the Napster Act. The DMCAA makes it illegal to share, distribute, download, or transmit any digital recording, video, film, sound recording, or production from a computer to someone other than the parties involved.
There are several exceptions to this general rule. For instance, you can lawfully download or copy your music or videos on a computer if you are downloading it for your own personal use. Also, some copyrighted works may be available for public performances but are not protected from being shared. It is against the law for a person to tamper with a copy of a work protected under the DMCAA if he or she doesn’t know that it has already been pirated. Similarly, you can legally copy or give away some information or data even if you have a reasonable belief that the information or data could harm the security of a website or network.
However, the problem lies in how easy it is to get around these laws. A hacker could break into your server, find a major piece of software, and reproduce themselves inside of your network. With that said, there is no need to worry if you have very simple security measures in place because they won’t prevent your data from being stolen. For instance, firewalls, virtual private networks (VPS), and other security software will not prevent hackers from getting through your firewall. It is more important that you have an access control system in place that is robust enough to defend against the major attacks that occur from time to time.
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