Risking it All: Unlocking the Backdoor to the Nation's Cybersecurity

10 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2014

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Terry Davis

MicroSystems Automation Group

Jon M. Peha

Carnegie Mellon University

Eric W. Burger

Georgetown University

L. Jean Camp

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Informatics and Computing

Dan Lubar

RelayServices

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This paper addresses government policies that can influence commercial practices to weaken security in products and services sold on the commercial market. The debate on information surveillance for national security must include consideration of the potential cybersecurity risks and economic implications of the information collection strategies employed. As IEEE-USA, we write to comment on current discussions with respect to weakening standards, or altering commercial products and services for intelligence, or law enforcement. Any policy that seeks to weaken technology sold on the commercial market has many serious downsides, even if it temporarily advances the intelligence and law enforcement missions of facilitating legal and authorized government surveillance.

Keywords: cybersecurity, surveillance, standards, back door, intelligence, law enforcement, policy

Suggested Citation

Davis, Terry and Peha, Jon M. and Burger, Eric William and Camp, L. Jean and Lubar, Dan, Risking it All: Unlocking the Backdoor to the Nation's Cybersecurity (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2468604 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2468604

Terry Davis

MicroSystems Automation Group ( email )

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Jon M. Peha (Contact Author)

Carnegie Mellon University ( email )

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Eric William Burger

Georgetown University ( email )

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L. Jean Camp

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Informatics and Computing ( email )

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Bloomington, IN 47401
United States

Dan Lubar

RelayServices ( email )

DC
United States

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