...every gubmit webmaster will be trained in Proper HTML, I guess. Until then
Organisers are hailing the first pan-European cyber security exercise as a successful ’cyber stress test’ of key internet infrastructure systems. Cyber Europe 2010 brought together 150 information experts from 70 public bodies in 22 countries around Europe on 4 November to run an exercise in involving 320 simulated cyber- …
I suppose that Stuxnet, Zeus, Conficker, BredoLab, etc. are just slightly-annoying nuisances, then?
What sticks out like a sore thumb to me is that while the simulated attacks were designed to knock "critical services" (read: large Banking/Communications/Government/Industrial organisations) off-line, most of the criminal and economic damage comes from attacks on personal (i.e., Home/Small Business) infrastructure.
Large businesses with well-established IT shops and actual IT security budgets are harder to attack, whereas the unwitting Mr. and Mrs. Smith, who are often ill-prepared to deal with cybercrime, tend to be much easier targets.
It's death by a thousand (or in the case of society as a whole, many millions of) cuts. The economic hardship caused to the average citizen victim of cybercrime may be small (a few thousand dollars/pounds/euros per person, on average), but the cumulative effect is enormous.
Until we make computer security and safe Internet/personal computing practices a priority component of our primary/elementary school curriculum, very little is going to change. People need to be better educated about how to conduct themselves in an Internet-connected society.
No amount of "Internet snooping" legislation can fix this problem. The solution begins in school and at home.
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