Recently I’ve written that there is a lack of cyber crime data to go on. This makes it hard for law enforcement to prioritize and public prosecutors will always turn to other, more regular crime as long as there are no figures. PC World reports that a UK study estimates the losses at tens of billions of pounds per annum. A staggering figure!
Cyber protection for public and private alike
The Detica report gives the low down. One of the more striking conclusions is that cyber security is not just about the government protecting itself, but also about protecting the economy, so private companies.
It is this topic that governments have been (are) trying to avoid as this entails regulating cyber security measures on an apparently unwilling industry. If intellectual property is being stolen through hacks, we are talking industry’s “crown jewels” here, why be so hesitant with cyber security? There will be no need for protection after your idea or products starts pouring out cheap from other nations, right? I’d say start reporting any form of cyber theft and start discussions with government on how to make the Internet more secure.
‘Cyber war’, the book
Again, people, read ‘Cyber war‘ by Richard Clarke. It will give you more grasp of what is going on out in cyber world, effecting us all, daily. And what can be done technically, while still protecting privacy. And that there is no time to lose.
Wout de Natris
Leiderdorp, 23 February 2011