Securing North American Critical Infrastructure: A Comparative Case Study in Cybersecurity Regulation

Canada-US Law Journal, 2015, Forthcoming

Kelley School of Business Research Paper No. 15-24

12 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2015

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Scott Shackelford

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law; Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs; Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research; Stanford Center for Internet and Society; Stanford Law School

Zachery Bohm

Indiana University Bloomington - Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research

Date Written: March 10, 2015

Abstract

The United States and Canada are interdependent along a number of dimensions, including the two nations’ mutual reliance on shared critical infrastructure. As a result, regulatory efforts aimed at securing critical infrastructure in one nation impact the other, including in the cybersecurity context. This Article explores one such innovation in the form of the 2014 National Institute for Standards and Technology (“NIST”) Cybersecurity Framework. We briefly review the evolution of the NIST Framework, comparing and contrasting it with ongoing Canadian efforts to secure vulnerable critical infrastructure against cyber threats as a vehicle to discover North American governance trends that could impact wider debates about the appropriate role of the public and private sectors in enhancing cybersecurity.

Keywords: cybersecurity, north america, cyber attack, NIST Framework, Canada, United States

Suggested Citation

Shackelford, Scott J. and Bohm, Zachery, Securing North American Critical Infrastructure: A Comparative Case Study in Cybersecurity Regulation (March 10, 2015). Canada-US Law Journal, 2015, Forthcoming; Kelley School of Business Research Paper No. 15-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2576460

Scott J. Shackelford (Contact Author)

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs ( email )

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Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research ( email )

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Bloomington, IN 47405
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Stanford Center for Internet and Society ( email )

Palo Alto, CA
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Stanford Law School ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Zachery Bohm

Indiana University Bloomington - Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research ( email )

Wylie Hall 105
100 South Woodlawn
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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