Much like anything, it will take a generational growth, for we as people to realize our vulnerabilities in an anonymous world. A quick Google search, highlights one organization touting basic cyber security knowledge that will be taught in schools. I mean, we have driving education in schools, and more people have access (especially under the age of 16 :P) to a computer than a car.
The main reason for this, is the consumer. We don't ask, or 'require' it. I mean lets be honest. How many people use the same exact user name and password for most of the online forums, or shopping websites? I think it would be fair to say that most do. I'm also quite certain that the IE servers are not as secure as say Amazon's or Ebay's. But if you follow my logic, you clearly see the gaping security risks that an 'atypical' user subjects themselves to. Most users have the 'won't happen to me' syndrome when it comes to online identity theft, because to them, it is a very distant thing. It's intangible unlike their credit card or drivers license. While we can posit on security breakthroughs, we are in the vast minority. Vast.
Why, history is cyclical. Can we not make suppositions that the same will have to take effect? Perhaps that is the part of the problem, people focus on retrospect far too much. We have the evidence to support it, we see symbiotic growth around us all the time. We realize it now. Yet it is the pace of the growth which is the issue, I am pertaining to. The government is falling behind, while the market is steaming forward. This lapse will lead to something, yes possibly that Kim. This 'lapse' whatever it will be, will lend itself to the next arm of the government. At least in my eyes.
The biggest problem facing the State is this question: How do you handle annonymity versus accountability? We scream red in the face to protect the anonymity that the internet gives us, but that runs counter intuitive to accountability, which is a primary concern of the state.
But in a nutshell, it does all of the above. It's the perfect conundrum. The problem is that there were catalysts for most of the state to market growth. For the Cloud and increasing technological concerns (as we grow with it), it will take a catalyst of some accord to spark the state into thinking large and give birth to new innovation and technology.
Kinda synopsis. In the American experience, despite political rhetoric, state and market development go hand in hand. One only has to look at the Homestead Act, GI Bill, Land Grant Act (which gave rise to our extensive university system), etc. to see that federal power and investment (especially in railroads during the 19th century, and later highways and infrastructure in general) spurred economic development. The rise of the federal patent system, coupled with extensive investment in universities created innovation and fostered market development. The rise of the TVA brought electricity and economic productivity to a once maligned and marginalized part of the country.
Kim, you are recruiting the best brains in the 'publicized' world of private security. They will always be bested by the hidden minds of the people trying to access that information.
Mary, to be honest the cloud isn't an infant by any means, but it's still a toddler in terms of growth to market. Yes, everyone and their mother screams about 'the cloud', but to be honest large scale implementation is virtually unheard of unless you are large business who creates their own, or a small business with deep pockets. This toddler still puts things in its mouth all the time! And right now, a lot of cloud services are just a rape fest in terms of charges and price gouging to the end consumer.
That's interesting Chris. You're definitely not signing up to my Manhattan Project on cybersecurity? Even if I am recruiting the best brains from the private sector and imposing public goals and timetable? Results to be open source?
It takes ages for government regulations to be placed into effect, and once complete they are static. By this time new technologies have evolved or are evolving, which regulations and measures need to be tested and implemented. It's a vicious cycle. How do you solve a problem like Maria?!?
@Nicole. We have evidence that vendors are failing badly. I think a best-minds solution is an alternative which should be considered. The problem is that it would be called "Obama-Security" and be labeled socialist.
I think the govt's current strategy is that e-commerce is so valuable we'll tell the private sector that it's in their interests to fix security, then we'll take whatever they come up with and apply it to the infrastructure.
Although it's politically undesirable, the govt could conclude that secure IT for military/intelligence and critical infrastructure should be a public project. They could take ownership of it (as they did with The Bomb), recruit the key innovators and run NSTIC to their own timetable.
@Mary I don't have any enterprise examples I can share, but with personal tech I spent $500 on a netbook when netbooks were just the new cool thing, and within 3-6 months is totally obsolete. Why pay to be an early adopter? The only people who do that to begin with are usually people who get a high off being all smug cause they have the latest and greatest
@Mary. Absolutely. My argument was that unless NIST or comparable authorities can make clear and definitive statements about cloud security, the White House is going to be reluctant to over-rule top brass.
@Mary I'm not sure security is my biggest concern (it is one of them certainly) but impelentation hurdles, how to effecitvely deal with outages, what services to actual pay for. It's new waters and I just am adopting a conservitive approach
I'm approaching it from the angle of early adopter. I've been burned too many times by buying technology before lettering it mature (netbooks being the biggest example for me). As decentralized as it may be, there hasn't been any real distruption of it yet
I think my strongest opinion is that we need to be clear and honest about security across the board. The more I see woolly reports and think-pieces calling for standards, the more nervous I am - especially about the national infrastucture moving to the cloud.
Yes, Mary. The advantages of the cloud are evident to many in government. Agriculture wasn't a random example; it has happily been migrating data to the cloud. But savings on Agriculture IT don't get us far.
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