IT Crime Regulations

This post discusses some aspects related to IT or computer crime.

The post focuses on regulations that prosecute malicious behavior related to computers or IT. If you want to read more about regulations concerning IT security focused on the implementation of controls, please check this post.

IT Crime Regulations by Country

Countries featured on this post:

  • USA


USA laws related to computer crime:

  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)
    • National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996
  • Federal Sentencing Guides


Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) was the first USA law covering computer fraud. It was approved in 1984.

It was part of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act (CCCA).

It punishes the crime where “federal interest” computers or computers used in interstate and international commerce are involved, either by using them to commit a crime or by harming them.

CFAA has been amended several times, included in the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.

Federal Sentencing Guides

The Federal Sentencing Guides were released in 1991. They introduce to the prudent person rule, that defines that senior management is responsible for ensuring the due care in the context of IT security.

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