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The Role of Regulation in Comprehensive Cybersecurity

HackerOne's Ilona Cohen on Why Critical Infrastructure Needs More Regulatory Focus
Ilona Cohen, chief legal and policy officer, HackerOne

While most organizations were responsible for their own cybersecurity for several decades, and compliance was mostly voluntary, rising attacks and risks have forced governments to consider regulation to prevent the real-world fallout from cyber incidents. But how much regulation is too much, and how much is too little?

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Additional cyber regulation, especially in areas of critical infrastructure, is necessary, said Ilona Cohen, chief legal and policy officer, HackerOne.

"Outages in critical infrastructure are rare, but when they do happen, they have the potential to impact many Americans," she said. "In the Colonial Pipeline incident in 2021, cybercriminals wreaked havoc on an entire region of the country, leading to the president calling for an emergency declaration. So it's really important to make sure that there's a baseline in certain areas of critical infrastructure - like transportation, communication, water, healthcare - that could have a potential impact on millions of Americans." she said.

In this video interview sponsored by CyberEdBoard and recorded at RSA Conference 2023, Cohen also discusses:

  • The cyber preparedness of critical infrastructure companies;
  • The impact of upcoming government cyber strategies;
  • Government-led vulnerability disclosure programs.

Cohen manages the public policy portfolio, oversees legal matters and provides strategic leadership to HackerOne. She joined the tech industry after serving four years at the White House during the Obama administration, where she was part of the group responsible for the development of a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity awareness.

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