The BBC reports that the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has issued a paper prompting the government to take tougher action against cybercrime. It is refreshing to see a policy-making body taking the problem seriously, as lack of enforcement has been a problem in the past.
One of the most important points of the report is that it nails the issue of personal internet security as one that should be treated as crime in general. The problem so far is that regulators have left the bulk of the responsibility for Internet security to the end-user: install anti-virus, firewall and keep your computer updated at all times. However, some of the responsibility for keeping the Internet secure should go to the government. The report recommends:
“The current emphasis of Government and policy-makers upon enduser responsibility for security bears little relation either to the capabilities of many individuals or to the changing nature of the technology and the risk. It is time for Government to develop a more holistic understanding of the distributed responsibility for personal Internet security. This may well require reduced adherence to the “end-to-end principle”, in such a way as to reflect the reality of the mass market in Internet services.”
Let us hope that this measured and well-informed report prompts some action.