Cyber-Security Tactics Need to Be Hashed Out
It would be easier if all data passed through one facility. But easier doesn't mean better.Does our desire for security mean well be passing all our data through some big federal cyber network operations center? The cyber NOC is one proposal in a still-to-be-announced cyber-security project under consideration by the Bush administration. Thanks to some enterprising reporting by Caron Carlson and Dennis Fisher, were reporting on some of the details of the cyber-security proposal in this weeks story "Bush to Call for Fed NOC." Security and freedom dont have to be in contention. You can increase a buildings physical security and increase the freedom of the people inside at the same time. The forces of security and freedom can become contentious when policies are put in place without full discussion. Sure, it would be easier to initially address the cyber-security issue if all data had to be passed through one central facility, if all security breaches had to be reported and if companies reported their IT security practices. But easier does not mean better. When the developers of the Internet thought about security, they could have opted for one big data line, heavily guarded. Instead, they thought about defeating an attack on the physical Net by dispersing the data.
The current proposals reported in this weeks issue should be just a starting point of discussion rather than an end result to be desired. Kudos to Caron and Dennis for breaking this story.