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How far should organizations be able to go to defend against cyberattacks?

Abstract: 
The emergence of the Internet and a vast educational system in technology, the number of malicious cyber actions continues to grow. Unknown groups and organizational systems throughout cyberspace threaten both governments and businesses. This notion engenders the idea of elevated sophistication in cyber defense. For most businesses especially, cyber defense is high investment but is also nowadays more crucial than ever. The author considers the statement, “The best defense is a good offense,” and analyzes the effect of hacking back as a means of defense. In the United States, the Computer and Fraud Abuse Act deems the action of hacking back a crime, which is supported by all members of the G-7. However there is a great activist push for higher autonomy in dealing with cyberattacks. In the past couple years there have been specific attempts in various states to grant this autonomy such as allowing businesses to implement active defensive measures for prevention and surveillance of unauthorized server access purposes. Through since not all countries have taken a stand in active defenses, the threat still exists for all businesses.
Author: 
Scott Shackelford
Institution: 
The Conversation
Year: 
2019
Input By: 
Anurag Golla
Affiliation: 
MIT
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Industry Focus: 
Internet & Cyberspace
Country: 
United States
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