Commentary | February 14, 2014

Frenkel Reviews Key Findings from "Resetting the System"

Science and technology reporter Karen Frenkel summarizes the key findings of EWI's recently released discussion paper Resetting the System: Why Highly Secure Computing Should Be the Priority of Cybersecurity Policies in an engaging slideshow

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The EastWest Institute is calling for a new computing paradigm called Highly Secure Computing (HSC), in a new report, "Resetting the System: Why Highly Secure Computing Should be the Priority of Cybersecurity Policies." The EastWest Institute's goal is to make the world safer by addressing seemingly intractable problems that threaten regional and global stability. Current IT paradigms have "tolerated inherent structural security deficits of information technology for too long," according to authors Sandro Gayacken and Greg Austin. Traditional IT security and its social management are not up to the task of combating state-sponsored cyber-attacks, the EastWest Institute report says. The remedy is so-called passive security measures, regardless of who launched a cyber-attack. This "new ecology of cyber security" would result in less pressure on liberty and privacy in the name of political security, the authors claim. Instead, HSC espouses the concept of "deterrence by denial," which would render attribution of attacks irrelevant and reduce the need for surveillance and Internet control. They argue that HSC would therefore be a win-win strategy for both security and civil liberties. To read the full report, click here.  

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