There’s more to cybercrime than breaches and personal data theft, Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) said at the National Association of State Attorneys General’s conference on consumer protection this week. 

Clinton called for the AGs to intensify lobbying efforts to get more resources to combat cybercrime. In addition to prosecuting criminals, Clinton contended that AGs must also understand the nature of a cyber threat. 

“It may be easy, and politically expedient, to quickly go after a corporation that has just suffered a highly publicized breach, but we need to be cautious that we are not blaming the victim and making a bad situation worse,” Clinton said, according to a press release

He explained that “having suffered a cyber-breach is by no means clear evidence of corporate misfeasance or malfeasance.” He also encouraged collaboration with the federal government.