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Critical Information Infrastructure Protection and the Law


 Critical Information Infrastructure Protection and the Law: An Overview of Key Issues
This report outlines the legal and business issues associated with the protection of information infrastructures. These issues include incentives and disincentives for information sharing between the public and private sectors, and the role of FOIA and antitrust laws as a barrier or facilitator to progress. The report also provides a preliminary analysis of the role of criminal law, liability law, and the establishment of best practices, in encouraging various stakeholders to secure their computer systems and networks.

Project Scope

This project, part of CSTB's Extending Law into Cyberspace program, will illuminate the range of legal issues and the range of perspectives on those issues associated with critical information infrastructure protection. The project also will frame and provide a preliminary analysis of the issue of information sharing between the public and private sectors with respect to cyber-security and critical information infrastructure protection. A workshop will bring together technologists, lawyers, executives, civil liberties advocates, and officials familiar with critical information infrastructure protection requirements and constraints. A final summary report will be produced that may serve as a roadmap and stimulus for future, more focused or in-depth inquiries.

Committee Members

Stewart Personick (Chair)
E.Warren Colehower Chair, Professor of Telecommunications
Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.
Drexel University

Michael Collins
Information Technology Corporate
Science and Engineering
Lockheed Martin

William J. Cook
Freeborn & Peters

Deborah Hurley
Director, Harvard Information
Infrastructure Project
Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University


Cynthia Patterson, Program Officer (Study Director)
D.C. Drake, Project Assistant
Marjory S. Blumenthal, Director


National Academy of Engineering


Daniel Schutzer
Vice President Corporate Technology

W. David Sincoskie
Vice President
Internet Architecture Research Laboratory
Telcordia Technologies

Richard R. Verma
Foreign Policy Advisor
Office of Senator Harry Reid

Marc J. Zwillinger
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal