Cybersecurity and Internet Safety Standards Act

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Cybersecurity and Internet Safety Standards Act


This bill was introduced February 16, 2011. It directs the Security of Homeland Security (DHS) to analyze whether or not a certain amount of voluntary or mandatory cybersecurity steps should be implemented by a number of internet and communications service providers. The goal would be to prevent terrorists, cimrinals, etc. from damaging critical infrastructure.

This bill could be problematic if the DHS could enforce all internet users to purchase security software. That act seems to go against net neutrality and internet freedom because it is forcing the public to buy software they might not be able to afford or want. For a more detailed summary, go here

Requiring citizens and businesses to purchase security is in debate. Reading through the Industry Reports Collection may expose security companies' views about the matter.


February 16, 2011


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Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, "Cybersecurity and Internet Safety Standards Act ," in Cyberwar Resources Guide, Item #181, (accessed August 7, 2022).