House of Lords Report Points the Way Forward

Today the House of Lords Scientific and Technology Committee published its long-awaited report on “Personal Internet Security”. It’s worth reading and quite a good introduction to the subject for a lay person. (Your CEO for example.)

The report makes many excellent and timely recommendations, including more research into alternative network architectures, higher security standards for Internet services, less immunity for ISPs, more liability for vendors and banks, introduction of a data security breach notification law, beefing up the Information Commissioner’s Office, establishing a national e-Crime unit supported by a network of forensic laboratories, and tougher sentencing guidelines.

This report demonstrates that the establishment has grasped the importance of the Internet and its security to society and industry. It’s a welcome sign of the times. And it provides a good blueprint for immediate Government action.

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