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Consumer devices need a clean bill of health

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Scott Charney, Microsoft’s VP for trustworthy computing spoke at the International Security Solutions Europe (ISSE) conference in Berlin, suggesting that the IT Industry, government and ISPs institute a new “health model” for the internet.

The suggested health model would mean that relevant stakeholders would have to ensure that consumer devices were safe from malware before allowing the devices to access the internet.  A health certificate would be required from consumer machines  showing what software patches were used, firewalls, and anti-viruses in place before the machine could access the internet.

Therefore, if major problems were found, such as a malware infection, the device’s bandwidth could be constricted.

A risky idea which requires a balance between privacy and risk control, but perhaps wise given increasing cybercrime worldwide.

The full article at SC Magazine is available here.

PM Gillard to keep up web filter plans

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has no plans to back down from the plans to develop the controversial web filter in Australia.

However, there may be some modifications to the original proposal by  the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy.

”I understand that there’s a set of…technical concerns about internet speed, and also concerns that somehow this accidentally doesn’t move into taking away legitimate use of the internet,” said Ms Gillard.

The legislation to introduce the web filter is unlikely to be introduced before the election.

To view the full article, click here.