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Guest blogger: Larry.Walsh: Security Idea: Recall the Internet

I totally agree with this blog post of Larry.Walsh (seen on from CompTIA). Source: Author: Larry.Walsh Microsoft’s Scott Charney says we should treat malware-infected PCs in the same manner as 19th century public health officials treated victims of typhoid, tuberculosis and cholera: quarantine. Yes, the head of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing believes malware infections are so pervasive and destructive that isolation is the only means for protecting the greater good. Perhaps, but I have a better idea: recall. First, let’s review Charney’s idea – quarantine. “Governments, industry and consumers should support cyber-security efforts modeled on efforts to address human illnesses. For a society to be healthy, its members must be aware of basic health risks and be educated on how to avoid them,” Charney said at the International Security Solutions Europe (ISSE) Conference in Berlin this weekend. Charney, who worked at the Department of Justice prior to joining Microsoft, is essentially correct. In the past three years, the world has seen an explosion of malware – more than 5 million new samples. Just one of the past three years has produced more malware than in 20 years prior to 2007. Each year, malware costs individuals and businesses millions of dollars…

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