Fixing the Internet would be easy -- if we tried

We have the technology to secure the Internet -- yet it likely won't happen until after a major disaster

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The solutions to fixing the Internet also must use open standards; be vendor- and platform-neutral; use an open and transparent process; be performance neutral; and not disrupt users and services.

As difficult and complex as this seems at first, it can be accomplished. Contrary to established, knowledgeable critics, this goal is readily achievable, today, using already existing open standards. All we have to do is to decide how we want to do it, decide what values mean what, and implement them using existing protocols. Vendors and end-users would then be free to start developing devices and software based around the new open standards.

Unfortunately, it's unlikely that we'll get the right people in the right room until an Internet tipping-point event happens. We didn't, after all, make people take off shoes and pour out their water bottles at the airport until some bad guys did some very bad things. That is the biggest disappointment of all. We could prevent a whole lot of pain for a whole lot of people.

This story, "Fixing the Internet would be easy -- if we tried," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in security and read more of Roger Grimes's Security Adviser blog at InfoWorld.com.

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