Uncle Sam, defending your PC

Uncle Sam, defending your PC

Summary: Joe St Sauver is the manager of Internet2 Security Programs. Internet2 is the consortium that explores advanced Internet topics.

TOPICS: Hardware, Security

Joe St Sauver is the manager of Internet2 Security Programs. Internet2 is the consortium that explores advanced Internet topics. Last week St Sauver participated in a panel at the Anti-Phishing Working Group Counter e-Crime Summit where he argued (PPT) for eventual government involvement combating botnets. Wired and Ars Technica both had coverage.

The idea called for a "cyber center for disease control" for computer virus. Just as the CDC tracks and warns of disease outbreaks in the human population, the CCDC would perform those functions for computers. St Sauver went beyond a mere warning center, however, proposing a new Cabinet-level federal agency in the US that would be responsible for controlling the problem.

St Sauver says that while he's not a fan of big government, "the government has a compelling national interest in the protection of its citizens and businesses online, and in the protection of their networks and systems. An attack on US networks and systems, whether blatant or insidious, is an attack on the United States as a whole, and properly deserves national attention and response."

What would the CCDC look like? The organization would employ cyber public health officials in every state and county charged with protecting the cyber public health. Their services would be offered, not mandated, at no cost to those who elected to participate. Read through the presentation for the complete picture.

This may sound draconian, but Vint Cerf recently claimed one-quarter of all computers are part of a botnet. That's astounding. If your first reaction, like mine, is that new government agencies won't solve this problem. What will?  Leave a comment with your suggestions.

Topics: Hardware, Security

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  • In theory it sounds like a good idea

    It would be great if you could keep politics, and political favors or preferences out of the whole process, which would be next to impossible on any level of goverment. I retired from the State of Illinois, with 26 years of service. Jobs and positions were filled, and sometimes created, not because of qualifications, but political favors on a regular basis, especially in the mid to upper management positions. There was alway so much red tape, and the unspoken rule " Do not rock the boat or make waves", it was next to impossible to do your job. In a dream world it would be great, but in reality it would be a disaster.
  • we have to much goverment now

    whyy don't we just give teh govermewnt our computers and have them tell us what we need to hear or see, very bad idea.
    mr fish
  • You don't own your computer now...

    ...some regulation has become necessary. Light a candle or curse the darkness. Get involved with government or fold. Opportunity only knocks once. A bird in the hand is worth three in the brush. never give a sucker an even break. Once burnt twice shy. Fool me once shame on you fool me again and....
  • Here comes big bro

    Let him in once and the ball game is over.
  • Could have solved this in 2000

    Had Ashcroft broken the convicted "Abusive Monopoly" well-known vulnerabilities wold have been minimized, if not eliminated.
  • Give me a break,

    If you can't solve your own PC provlems, what makes you think the government can?
  • This sounds like it needs to be under homeland security

    not another new department. Better yet, though, why doesn't the open source community come up with a program the propagates like worm, going from computer to computer and removing rootkits, botnet programs, and the like. If people can't protect themselves from those things then the door will be open for a removal worm.
    Beat a Dead Horse