Businesses Must Improve Computer Security

    May 2, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Lengthy string of highly publicized breaches could lead to the federal government passing a law requiring better security.

At least 500,000 Americans have had personal data exposed to data thieves, and that number could grow.

Businesses have long held off Capitol Hill by claiming they were in the best position to implement computer security.

Efforts to develop security standards led by the Homeland Security Agency have largely failed. Corporations do not want to make public security promises that could later open them up to lawsuits from a security breach.

But the issue may no longer be up to companies. A bill introduced in Congress by Democratic lawmakers Charles Schumer and Bill Nelson would require businesses to do better at safeguarding consumer information.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.