El sistema inmune de Internet

NUEVA YORK – Virus, suplantación de identidad, programas espía, correo no deseado, ataques de denegación de servicio, software robot … Probablemente hayan oído hablar de estos términos, y tal vez incluso hayan sufrido como consecuencia de lo que significan, con o sin saberlo.

Me gustaría presentar una solución sencilla para encarar (no resolver) estos problemas de seguridad, una solución que no requiere un acuerdo entre todos los gobiernos (o la gente) sobre qué constituye realmente un delito, mucho menos una fuerza policial global o tratados globales inaplicables. Si podemos aumentar la seguridad en general, entonces los gobiernos pueden concentrarse en los verdaderos delincuentes.

Una mejor estrategia es considerar a la seguridad informática como una cuestión de salud pública y economía, en la que la gente se puede proteger a sí misma pero debe pagar por los costos que le impone a otros. Necesitamos capacitar a la gente para defenderse de los demás, impedir que gente inocente y bienintencionada se infecte y afecte a otros, y reducir los incentivos y la capacidad de los malintencionados para hacer daño.

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