Web-borne threats can invade your PC from a network, like yours. Wired or wireless we are all connected globally now. An infected email can reach your inbox from anywhere on this planet in mere seconds. Sent from a major city or let’s say any of the 2000 plus islands in Micronesia, it makes no difference anymore. Many ask this question constantly – Why do we have computer viruses? For an easy question here is an easy and plausible answer – A strategy called “permissionless innovation”.
The big deal is businesses rely too much on anti-virus software to keep their computers protected. This strategy is only as good as the second it is available before a new computer virus is discovered. 1000s of new threats and strains of existing ones landed on the Internet since you started reading this article. Yes, your anti-threat applications will slow down invasions, but the computer security industry is selling a sense of security that is only as good as its weakest point.
McAfee, Symantec and other security software vendors market their wares to entice us to buy in to a subscription based business practice that only provides a limited amount of protection. This is a “baby aspirin” approach to dealing with a catastrophic illness. You are paying for the
As promised, where are computer and network threats born? On computers like yours. Running Windows, Linux or other operating system, like yours.
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- Are you a business manager or owner that renews anti-virus software subscriptions annually?
- Being that the Internet is global and virtual, is it worth time and public money for governments to police the Internet?
- How would you feel if government was the only source for domain name, email and web hosting?
- Can private sector business lead, monitor, innovate and police Web activities better?
- For better
cyber securitydo we redesign current systems and threat management tactics or redesign humans?
- Where do you think the core of
cyber securityproblems lie?