Thomas Jones, CIPT
Information Security and Law in Pittsboro, North Carolina
I‘m an information security professional with an eclectic background in various information technology roles. I have worked for two federal agencies, multiple Fortune 100 corporations, and currently for a major public university.
My experience in information technology has been intriguing to say the least. At some point in my career I transitioned from merely wanting to dabble in the latest and greatest technology, to exploring how technology could resolve problems in other areas of society.
It was in this exploration that I became fascinated not necessarily with how we are using technology to directly or indirectly solve problems, but rather how we, as a society, frame technology’s governance through policy and law.
The intersection of technology and law requires a delicate balance and has been under constant judicial clarification since its inception. Our current cyberlaws, and approach to cyberlawmaking, have shown to be problematic and at times completely ineffective – The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a great example.
As a result, I am currently developing a framework that can be used in cyberlawmaking in an effort to avoid a number of problematic issues that plague efficiencies in the prosecution and defense of computer-related crime. By using an enterprise information security architecture as a foundation to effective cyberlaw, I believe we can explore a public policy framework that addresses a technical ecosystem by integrating the requisite technical context.
As our Internet matures, we must promote open standards and open data, properly leverage cyberlaw and cyberlawmaking between our government and its citizens, and honestly address the globalization of this unparalleled resource.
My education includes a B.S. in Information Science from UNC Chapel Hill, a C.A.S. in Information Systems and Telecommunications Management from Syracuse University iSchool, and a Masters in Studies of Law at Wake Forest University Law School.