Obama administration’s decision to renegotiate an international pact that limits the export of cybersecurity products. The reversal follows months of pressure from the technology community and lawmakers who warned the vague definitions within the agreement would restrict companies’ ability to use legitimate tools to test and fortify their own defences. Harley Geiger, director of public policy at Rapid7 have the following comments on it.

Harley Geiger, Director of Public Policy at Rapid7:

“It’s very positive news that the Administration intends to renegotiate the Wassenaar Arrangement export controls on cybersecurity tools. As written, the Arrangement would hinder routine cybersecurity activities and harm beneficial security research, and these problems could not be properly addressed through domestic rules alone because cybersecurity is a global endeavour that involves information sharing across borders. We hope that revisions to the Wassenaar cybersecurity controls are comprehensive and address not just the definition of “technology”, but also the definition of “intrusion software” and the restrictions on systems and software that interact with “intrusion software.” These controls are overbroad and would undermine cybersecurity.”

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