Friday, December 03, 2004

'A potential Achilles' heel'

When will the net stop endangering geographical boundaries? This via SQ: 'Former CIA Director George J. Tenet yesterday called for new security measures to guard against attacks on the United States that use the Internet, which he called 'a potential Achilles' heel..."in this age when we still think the Internet is a free and open society with no control or accountability...ultimately the Wild West must give way to governance and control." The director is concerned about more and more organizaitons linking up to the net, making 'the system' vulnerable.


Teeth Maestro said...

The so called free world exists no more and mind you this trend did not specifically start since 9/11 but long before that - its just a formal commencment that is all - to show the US public they are doing something for a change. Watch what you say on this free internet. One world describes the US - Paranoid

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Lucifer's Angel said...

Come off it Teeth Maestro! The world is still a free place. And especially, the Net-World. Though one should be carefull when interpreting the word "free". One is free to be constructive, and even be useless (bad! bad!), but surely not destructive. Following the ethics is the name of the game. Confusion does arise though, as to who is to define that someone is being destructive. Surely not this CIA guru.

"Access to networks like the World Wide Web might need to be limited to those who can show they take security seriously, he said. "Exactly what does Mr. Tenet mean from these words? Does he want only a specific group of people to have access to certain government websites, or, is he talking about banning the whole www? In the latter case, I would be very much interested in how this proudy plans about implementing it. Moreover, who is more serious about security than the security-breakers?

"Mr. Tenet called for industry to lead the way by "establishing and enforcing" security standards."Makes sense. There is always a need for better security tools and standards and the industry has certainly to play an important role in forcing the end-users to implement better security measures by default.

The internet has got an open nature. And this is certainly a plus rather than a down-side. While security intruders could benefit from this openness, it's this same openness which can better enhance the security measures of the netted world. Like having more and more open standards, and software which is open in nature, allowing the public to be aware as what is actually under the hood, and being able to fix and report the bugs themselves.

H.A. said...

Has anyone read "Digital Fortress" by Dan Brown (of the Da Vinci Code fame)? I know that's fiction, but it clearly illustrates one point: the Internet can be very easily monitored, most probably it is monitored to a very large extent. And yes, those people are becoming paranoid by the second about security. So whatever we say or email or chat about, we essentially do it at our own risk - even though we're not posing any security threat or anything.

Augie said...

Digital Fortress is a real eye opener at what the US government has and can do. The internet maybe a free medium but that does not mean that anyone can say anything they liike. There have been online magazines that have been shut down because of something some people did not like hence in my opinion our freedom of speech is also limited.