I'm not trying to be inflammatory about the threat of cybercrime. The fact is that the Web offers criminals a vast range of opportunity for mischief. In this column, I'm talking about companies' exposure to cybercrime, but that is obviously not the only criminal threat on the Web.
The to-do list
The cadre of law enforcement agents who have become savvy about cybercrime have done a great job, but we need more of these trained experts.
Prosecuting attorneys also need training so they can pursue cybercrooks and better understand the ramifications of Internet crimes.
Clearly, we also need some kind of national response capability against military, criminal, or teerrorist threats to U.S. infrastructure.
We also need new, international institutions to enforce laws that have no geographic or political boundaries (because they happen on the Web).
And, finally, American companies need some guidance on how to protect themselves from cybercrime.