Awareness is one part of making a more digitally secure world. Many users get infected with viruses because they open attachments and should not. However, what tech vendors (hardware and software) did more to secure their produces?
Information Week is reporting that Two joint government and private-sector task forces, both part of the National Cyber Security Partnership, on Thursday unveiled their proposals to help make cyberspace more secure. The Awareness and Outreach Task Force and the Cyber Security Early Warning Task Force were formed late last year to help assess the security of critical national infrastructure.
The National Cyber Security Partnership is led by the Business Software Alliance, the Information Technology Association of America, TechNet, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as public, private, and other cybersecurity experts. The partnership formed five task forces to tackle several issues, including security awareness, a cybersecurity early-warning system, corporate governance, and software development security.
The Awareness and Outreach Task Force, which is primarily focused on improving end-user security through public-awareness campaigns and making security tools more widely available, says it plans to roll out a national information-security ad campaign this fall. This summer, the task force will release a security kit that’s designed to help educate home users and small-business owners, as well as kick-off a partnership with Internet service providers to help educate their customers about how to stay safe online.
Some criticized the plan, saying they’d rather see more effort placed on making computers more secure out of the box than focusing on awareness. “It’s always a nice idea to educate people, but they’re generally only going to be able to reach people who already understand security,” says Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, a cooperative research and education organization. “All of this does is tell end users that they’re stupid. These systems have to build this stuff [security] in.” (full story)
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