Will National Broadband Plan Address Cybersecurity? Part XVI : Open Internet’s Growing Security Problem

August 18, 2009

The lead WSJ story today, “Arrest in Epic Cyber Swindle” covering the cybercrime ring theft of over 130 million credit/debit cards, is a stark high-profile reminder of the very real and pervasive Internet problem of lack of cybersecurity.

  • In the face of overwhelming mainstream evidence that lack of cybersecurity is the Internet’s #1 problem (see links below), including President Obama’s declaration that cybersecurity must be a new national security priority in his 5-29 cybersecurity address, it is perplexing that none of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan workshops are on cybersecurity.
  • It is hard to see how the Open Internet’s growing security problem can be addressed and mitigated over time, if the U.S. Government’s main big picture policy effort addressing the broadband Internet, the National Broadband Plan, does not even collect input from the public or experts on the Internet’s #1 problem — lack of cybersecurity.
  • The first step in solving a big problem is acknowledging there is one.

See previous parts of this series on “The Open Internet’s Growing Security Problem” here: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV & XV.

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