Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Internet Health Model for Cybersecurity

"The Internet Health Model for Cybersecurity." East West Institute, June 2, 2012.

From the summary: "The Internet puts people, systems, and networks in constant contact worldwide, and it needs a global, coordinated effort to protect digital systems from online threats—just like the public health community’s efforts to defend our bodies from illness.

That’s the argument of a new report released by a team of experts convened by EWI and sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. The report examines how the model of international public health can inform efforts to track and block malware and other malicious actors…. Cybersecurity problems like malware, botnets, and vulnerabilities need to be monitored and analyzed, the paper argues, just like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization monitor epidemic and study pathogens. Just as hand-washing and immunization can help prevent illness, education about threats to computer systems and measures to defend them have broad application." Read more

See also
The Internet Health Model for Cybersecurity, a report prepared by the East West Institute, 2012.