The Paradox of Today's Internet and Cyber-security

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2015-02-17 Print this article Print
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The Paradox of Openness Is Necessary

While sharing information with the U.S. government to protect against adversaries is a presidential directive, in the banking sector, sharing information across banks has been successful.

In a panel at the cyber-security summit, Richard Davis, chairman and CEO of the U.S. Bank, explained how the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis (FS-ISAC) effort has helped protect the financial sector from cyber-attacks. The concept of ISAC grew out of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63) in 1998—which, much like the new directive signed by President Obama on Feb. 13, is about fostering collaboration and information sharing.

Enterprises, whether they are banks or otherwise, can help each other defend themselves.

The Internet can be used for both good and evil as with many things in life. Consider water, which brings life to this planet, but that can also take life in the event of a flood. Much like water, the Internet needs to flow freely, but just as there are control points for water quality and storm sewers, there is a need for control points on the Internet, too.

The paradox of openness needs to be maintained in a free society. There isn't a need to create a surveillance state for the Internet to continue to prosper, but there is a need to share information and there is key role that government plays in that regard.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.


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