Protecting your assets balancing better security versus big brother

The eyes of the hackerWe read reports of hackers gaining access to our personal data, and we demand better security. We want to be saved from the evils of the Internet.

We read about internet whistle blower Edward Snowden and the story of the NSA PRISM program collecting our personal data.

The organizations trying to keep us free make comparisons of our current world to George Orwell's dystopian society where citizens are constantly reminded that "Big Brother is watching you."

The freedom fighters who just want to be left alone don't want the government controlling the internet, and giving big brother the right to watch us.

Two bits of news this week has me thinking about internet security.

This week Defense Secretary Ashton Carter disclosed that Russian hackers breached one of the Defense Department’s unclassified computer networks earlier this year. Perhaps a flair for the dramatic using the Russia hacking the Pentagon disclosure during a meeting to unveil a new DOD security policy.  And was it a coincidence for that DOD policy meeting to be at the same time a new Cybersecurity bill was being voted on?

Interestingly, many technology websites are referring to the "controversial cybersecurity bill" this week in the US House. Usually the term controversial would also indicate a political battle along party lines. But the Protecting Cyber Networks Act was passed in the US House with support from both political parties as a majority of Democrats as well as Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

I see battle-lines being drawn, and I am trying to determine, who is doing the fighting.

The balance between security and privacy is quite a dilemma, with no easy answers.




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