Abandon bankrupt idea of data castles
The European Union has warned that due to the Highroller virus that European banks should work on the assumption that all home PCs are infected.
What this basically means is that the banks should protect themselves against the PCs of their customers because they cannot trust them.
This is the final capitulation of a bankrupt policy, tacit admission that the forces of law and order are on the run.
For many years now the banks and the computer industry have worked on the basis of a seige mentality.
Lock the doors, pull up the drawbridge, and wait for the attack from our castle
For all of us outside of the castle, it means that we are out there in the mean streets and the plains with the crooks, and it’s wrong.
When Robert Peel launched the world’s first police force in 1829, the reason was to protect the propertied clesses against a crime wave, only afterwards was it realised that this was a service that everyone needed.
What is currently being miseed is that we are all in this together.
Everyone’s computer needs to be as secure as the computer systems of the organisations that have the wherewithal currently to build heavily defended castles.
If that doesn’t happen then the unprotected computers become a threat to the protected systems.
Essentially, the situation that we now have.
The CSRI believes that the solution to this problem is for computers to treated in exactly the same way as cars.
Cars are expected to be roadworthy to travel on the highway and not be pose a threat to others, computers should be protected so that they can be used on the information superhighway without being a risk to others.
People using the superhighway should be responsible for their computers because only then will they ensure that they are properly protected.
But Government’s are unwililng to do this. They fear that imposing an obligation inside the home will provoke a voter backlash, yet ironically they are prepared to monitor our internet use from home.
Proposals in the UK, if passed will mean that the Government will be able to go back over a minimum of a year’s worth of everyone’s internet history . Similar measures are being either proposed or considered in the the EU and the US.
Governments are keen to harness the data we are prepared to blithely trust to the internet and social media, yet are unwiling to put such a request on a census form so they want to take advantage of the fact that, that can be done without appearing to inconvenience us. It is subtle piece of duplicity.
Making sure that we are safe on the other hand, would would be seen as an inconvenience initially, but for the good of everyone it should be pushed through.
Computers should bear the equivalent of a UK MOT and they should be insured against the damage that they can do.
At the moment we are in a situation where everyone is abrogating responsibilty, the home owner, the business and the government.
Only by doing this will people become aware of what the computers that they have in their homes really can do, and only then will they take over the responsibility of maintaining them and implementing the precautions needed to protect themselves.
When they do that, the castles can lower the drawbridges they have pulled up to protect themselves from the rest of the people.