April 2009 Archives
Today is the first day of Infosec. In my article in the Guardian supplement, I refer to comparisons of the Internet with Railways and the Wild West. The first police force in England was created by the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company to protect their construction sites, then their tracks and later the goods they carried.
What other industry would collectively spend over £3 billion a year on protection and less than £30 million a year on tracking, tracing and removing the predators who are milking them? Come to InfoSec (Tuesday to Thursday) and see how and why the security of the on-line world is in such a parlous state.
Industry is now focussed almost entirely on "stopping the bleeding" with forward thinkers looking at what can be done on positive cash flow. Hence my suggested three point plan:
The April 2009 quarterly survey from Salary Services Limited (SSL) indicates that recruitment advertising has more than halved over the past year. Last week I heard a former offshoring consultant say that the impact of recession on contract rates, on top of the fall in the value of Western Currencies (not just the pound), had all but wiped out the case for moving East to save cost.
Andrew Yeomans, who occasionally posts comments to this blog, sent me some very thoughtful comments in response to my entry on the proposals in the Digital Britain Interim Report for a Rights Agency. He believes it will be difficult to avoid, with the amount of well-funded vested interest in exploiting copyright.
Leaving aside the issues of concern to the Westminster Village", for which Guido Fawkes is one of the prime on-line gossips, there is an overdue need for more realistic and informed debate on whether the Internet is, or should be, a vehicle for confidential communication.
In my blog entry yesterday I forgot to elaborate on the threat to electronic privacy of our friends, enemies and neighbours. Facebook and Bebo are now included in more UK searches than eBay, the BBC, Amazon, Tesco, the BBC and Sky added together.
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