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The Role of Policy in Balancing Outsourcing and Homeland Security
July/August 2005 (vol. 7 no. 4)
pp. 19-23
James B. Michael, Naval Postgraduate School
Steven E. Roberts, Security and Researcher
Thomas C. Wingfield, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
For US firms eager to develop and deliver cutting-edge products at a lower cost, the allure of outsourcing is strong. Economically speaking, outsourcing critical software development can certainly have distinct advantages and incentives. But for many US corporations, outsourcing such high-tech software development can also create a substantial threat to homeland security. The authors argue that before any decision is made in this area, companies should first weigh the benefits of outsourcing software development with the increased risk of cybersecurity challenges such as sabotage and insider threats. With principled legal and policy analysis, companies can more often than not mitigate this risk.
Index Terms:
outsourcing, excess labor supply, homeland security, cyberintrusion, Use of Force, Al Qaeda, Department of Homeland Security, National Cyber Security Division, cybersecurity, cryptotrojans, cryptovirology, Subcommittee on Terrorism
Citation:
James B. Michael, Steven E. Roberts, Jeffrey M. Voas, Thomas C. Wingfield, "The Role of Policy in Balancing Outsourcing and Homeland Security," IT Professional, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 19-23, July-Aug. 2005, doi:10.1109/MITP.2005.100
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