The following introduction was originally published in the BCS Information Security Now Magazine, Autumn 2008 issue (Volume 3, Issue 1), which was on the topic of Internet Security:
“There is a lot of talk about the Internet being a lawless Wild West, but in reality much can be, and is being done, to address Internet security. So who are the players and what can they do to help?
- Law Makers should draft laws and regulations in such a way that they can cope with rapid technology change and are applicable in an international context.
- Law Enforcement should work in partnership with ISPs and security & safety initiatives and develop effective international co-operation with other jurisdictions.
- Security & Safety Initiatives, such as Get Safe Online and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), should receive adequate funding & support and be promoted.
- ISPs should apply good security practice, self-regulate, support law enforcement and security & safety initiatives and pro-actively deal with abuse reports.
- Vendors should ensure that their products are developed robustly and securely, be responsive to vulnerability disclosures and educate their users on secure use.
- Security Researchers should be responsible when disclosing information on critical vulnerabilities, especially when hard to fix or exploitation would have a significant impact.
- Online Services, especially banking and e-commerce websites, should operate securely and educate their users as to online risks and secure use.
- Users should comply with their ISP’s acceptable use policies and local laws along with paying attention to security & safety initiatives targeted them.
As can be seen above, there are many players involved in Internet security and safety – and no solution is possible without working with them all.”
A PDF version of the magazine is available online at: