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Wachet auf! Computer security and the millennium

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2 Author(s)
F. C. Smith ; Santa Fe Attorney, NM, USA ; D. J. Bailey

Sleepers awake! The Y2K Problem may or may not be a technological disaster. But either way, the aftermath of the technological problems will be legal problems. Litigation over who should have done what will include damage claims for failures of software and liability for failure to prepare. The legal problems will be a disaster, costing potentially trillions of dollars. Once the frenzy of litigation over Y2K has finished, the lawyers involved will look for other technological issues with similar characteristics and problems, and they will find computer security. The article brings these issues into focus and suggests how some businesses may respond, including methods to judgement proof the company. If such a strategy succeeds, computer security professionals could find themselves liable and stuck in a dwindling minority of asset rich targets in an increasingly dangerous cyber-space

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Computer Security Applications Conference, 1998. Proceedings. 14th Annual

Date of Conference:

7-11 Dec 1998