Will Regulations Force ISPs To Handle Security Issues?
from the think-of-the-mess-that-would-cause dept
Earlier this month, we had a post wondering if ISPs should really be responsible for computer security. Obviously, many home users aren’t skilled enough to adequately protect themselves — and many might even look to their ISPs to help them. However, in many cases, it seems like the protection would be too burdensome and often limit perfectly legitimate uses in the name of being extra careful. How about from the corporate viewpoint, though? It seems that some CIOs are sick of spending so much time on computer security issues and would like to see their ISPs chip in and help — even to the point where some CIOs hope the government regulates the industry to require ISP-based security. The article is quite detailed and gives a balanced and accurate view of both sides of the question, noting how difficult it is to stay up on security issues, but also the many (many, many) problems with regulation. As the article implies, it seems like the market should take care of these things. If people are really demanding that their ISPs secure their connections, then shouldn’t ISPs that advertise more secure systems get more business?