In the debate over how best to defend the nation against cyberattacks, one of the main points of tension relates to the extent to which the government should be able to deploy “active defenses.”
In his session at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, February 28th 2012, Bruce Schneier listed what he perceives to be the three biggest risks to information security right now: The rise of big data; ill-conceived law enforcement regulations; and the cyberwar arms race.
More than 85% of the data breach incident response cases investigated by Verizon Business last year originated from a hack, and more than 90% of them came from the outside rather than via a malicious insider or business partner. Tuesday, Verizon published a snapshot of data from its upcoming 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report, using data from its own caseload of some 90 of its 855 breach cases for last year.
Any time the government of the United States does anything with the intent of protecting privacy, it’s worth applauding. Unfortunately, sometimes those moves seem more like public relations ploys than actual solutions. This may be the case with the newly announced Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.
A long-awaited cybersecurity bill may put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of establishing national Internet security standards. Compliance costs for tech and Internet firms could be high.
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