The Private Sector: A Reluctant Partner in Cybersecurity

  • Amitai Etzioni
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan’s Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity book series (PSCYBER)


It may seem obvious that the private sector should be keen to protect its computers and networks from cyber attacks by criminals and foreign agents. After all, hacking has caused considerable losses of trade secrets and other proprietary information. Moreover, evidence suggests that cyber attacks can take a kinetic form, which can harm the equipment and facilities—such as the national electrical grid—of those attacked. However, as will be seen shortly, the private sector is far from rushing to protect itself from such attacks. The reasons for this reluctance range from the understandably pragmatic to the ideological. Meanwhile, in spite of major implications of this reluctance for homeland security, both the Bush and the Obama administrations limited themselves to cajoling the private sector to embrace much stronger cybersecurity measures rather than mandating their introduction.


Private Sector Critical Infrastructure Homeland Security Foreign Agent Trade Secret 
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