Updated April 10, 2013
How can the United States protect "cyberspace as a national asset," without restricting "the free and open nature of the Internet"? What should countries consider when developing international cybersecurity standards and protocol? What should their citizens know to protect their information and their rights? Cybersecurity Policy Research Links provide news, background information, legislation, analysis, and international efforts to protect government and the public's information.
Research Links on Cybersecurity Policy are divided into:
History, Background, and Research Guides
- CFR.org Backgrounder: Confronting the Cybersecurity Threat
- beSpacific: Cybercrime
Links to primary (policies, reports, events) and secondary sources (news).
- CRS: Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources
(PDF, April 26, 2012) legistlation and hearings from 112th Congress, executive orders, data sources, glossaries, reports by topic, and other websites.
- CSIS: Significant Cyber Events since 2006
- Cyber Conflict Studies Association
Working on strategic history of cyber conflict.
- Department of Homeland Security: Roadmap for Cybersecurity Research
- George Mason University - Center for History and New Media: Critical Infrastructure Protection Overview
Oral history and digital archive of government, private sector, academic, and media initiatives and reports related to cybersecurity., as well as related websites
- Google: Transparency Report
Real-time and historical traffic from around the world; government and copyright owners requests for content removal; government requests for user data.
- Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet & Society: Cybersecurity wiki
Definitions, case studies, and annotated bibliography of government documents andhearings, nongovernmental reports, news and journal articles.
- InfoPlease: Computer Virus Timeline
- NATO Library Guides: Cyberspace Security
Official documents, books, reports, websites, some free articles. Updated frequently with relevant and authoritative resources.
- Military Education Resource Library Network: Cybersecurity
From National Defense University; news sources and analysis, including reports and speeches from both U.S. and international officials and scholars, primary sources on U.S. cybersecurity policy, and resources on the types and effects of cybersecurity.
- SANS Institute: Glossary of Security Terms
Data, Polls, and Surveys
See also Must Reads on cybersecurity, CFR.org's collection of the best online analyses and inquiries on foreign policy.
U.S. Government Departments and Initiatives
U.S. Government Reports and Recommendations
U.S. Congressional Legislation, Testimony, and Committees
- S.2105: Cybersecurity Act of 2012
- Congressional Research Service: "Federal Laws Relating to Cybersecurity: Discussion of Proposed Revisions"
(PDF, December 2011)
- Digital Due Process: Legislation, Hearings, Cases related to Electronic Communications Privacy Act
Mission of website: "To simplify, clarify, and unify the ECPA standards, providing stronger privacy protections for communications and associated data...while preserving the legal tools necessary for government agencies to enforce the laws, respond to eme
- GovTrack: latest bills on "Computer Security and identity theft bills"
- House Republican Cybersecurity Task Force
In October 2011, Task Force presented recommendations to guide legislation regarding cybersecurity.
- House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies: latest hearings
- House Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management Hearing: America is Under Cyber Attack: Why Urgent Action is Needed
- Library of Congress Congressional Bills and Statuses: THOMAS
Congressional Bills and Statuses; search for "cyber."
- Senate Committee Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: Cybersecurity hearings
- Select Senate Committee on Intelligence: "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community"
(PDF, January 31, 2012) Testimony of Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.
Government, Industry, and University Partnerships
Cybersecurity and International Relations
Cybersecurity Education and Internet Economy
- Brookings: Economic and Policy Frameworks for Cybersecurity Risks
(July 21, 2011)
- Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute: Workshop on Cyber Security Education and Workforce Development: "Building the Cyber Security Workforce of the 21st Century"
(PDF, December 15, 2010) discusses lessons learned from Scholarship for Service, a government program to fund cybersecurity education and secure an IT federal workforce.
- Department of Commerce: "Cybersecurity, Innovation And The Internet Economy"
(PDF, July 2011) how to protect "tremendous economic and social value of the Internet, without stifling innovation."
- Educause: Cybersecurity
"Resource page provides information related to all aspects of cybersecurity for higher education, with an emphasis on strategies, policies, and other tools that will assist institutions of higher education to prevent, detect, respond to vulnerabilities."
- Keep the Web Open
After SOPA and PIPA elicited strong reactions from citizens and online organizations, OPEN was proposed, aimed to "protect creative ownership in America while securing the open, accessible Internet you deserve."
- OECD: Internet economy - Information security and Privacy
- Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive: "Foreign Economic and Industrial Espionage"
2011 report: "nearly all business records...exist primarily in digital form. Cyberspace makes it possible for foreign collectors to gather enormous quantities of information quickly and with little risk."