Cybersecurity and the Law

With the pressing issue of cybersecurity being brought into the public eye again as a result of last week’s WannaCry attack, lawmakers have been taking steps to see that laws are put into place to thwart similar incidents in the future. In a recent article by The Hill, Governor Terry McAuliffe is quoted in his dissatisfaction with congress’ approach to cybersecurity.

“I have been very public in my displeasure with the Congress,” McAuliffe said. “We don’t even have a committee [in] Congress today on cybersecurity. It is spread through many different committees — nobody will give up jurisdiction to come together.” (The Hill, May 17th 2017)

The governor’s words highlight the lack of concern for cyber defense in both chambers of congress up until now. As the fear of future large-scale cyber-attacks spreads, so does the pressure on lawmakers to begin enforcing regulations concerning state-level cybersecurity. As the chairman of the National Governors’ Association, Gov. McAuliffe is striving to establish basic minimum cybersecurity protocols that all states must abide by, with penal retaliation in the event of negligence on a state’s part.

With the increasing demand for safety from cyber-attacks, lawmakers and other governmental entities will be picking up speed in their establishment of standards for cybersecurity. Organizations such as the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) are already working in tandem with cybersecurity companies like Trillium to establish standards to protect automobiles and their drivers from cyber threats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) already dictates automotive safety measures through legislation, with safety policies for seat belts, airbags, brakes, and more.  It’s no stretch to say that the next major safety concern needing to be tackled in cars is cybersecurity, and to that end no small effort will suffice. The solutions must be potent, reliable, and dynamic enough to match speed with the ever changing environment of cyber-attacks, and Trillium is determined to provide those solutions.