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Computer Security and the Law Computer Security and the Law Table of Contents Part IIntroductionPage 1 Part IIThe Technological PerspectivePage 2 AThe Objectives of Computer SecurityPage 2 BBasic ConceptsPage 2 4 CComputer Security RequirementsPage 4 Part IIIThe Legal PerspectivePage 5 ASources of Computer LawPage 5 BCurrent Views on Computer CrimePage 5 7 Part IVConclusionPage 7 References Works CitedPage 8 Computer Security and the Law I Introduction You are a computer administrator for a large manufacturing company In the middle of a production run all of the mainframes on a crucial network grind to a halt Production is delayed costing your company hundreds of thousands of dollars Upon investigating you find that a virus was released into the network through a specific account When you confront the owner of the account he claims he neither wrote nor released the virus but admits that he has distributed his password to friends who need ready access to his data files Is he liable for the loss suffered by your company In whole or in part And if in part for how much These and related questions are the subject of computer security law The answers may vary depending on the state in which the crime was committed and the judge who presides at the trial Computer security law is a new field and the legal establishment has yet to reach broad agreement on many key issues Even the meaning of such basic terms as data can be the subject of contention Advances in computer security law have been impeded by the reluctance on the part of lawyers and judges to grapple with the technical side of computer security issues 1 Involving technical computer security professionals in the development of computer security law and public policy could mitigate this problem This article is meant to help bridge the gap between the
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