Waiting For A Digital Disaster

from the no-silver-lining dept

There's no question that the current model of law enforcement isn't adequate to deal with cyber-crime, with all its complexity. While there are occasionally high-profile cases, it's a lot harder to patrol an area and prevent day-to-day crimes. At least one FBI agent believes the government won't make the sweeping changes necessary to fight cyber-crime until there's a "digital Enron", an event severe and shocking enough to force the government's hand. It's true that the government tends to react to major events (Enron, 9/11, Katrina) to make changes instead of doing so proactively, and it's disturbing that such critical legislation tends to be made in a time of panic. Rushing Sarbanes-Oxley through, at a time when people were outraged over Enron, clearly had major unseen consequences. It's scary to think what the equivalent of a digital Sarbanes-Oxley would look like, should we ever have a digital Enron.
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    WirelessGuy, 21 Jul 2006 @ 10:31am

    The sad truth

    Is that criminals will always be one step ahead of the law. In our society, people are only doing something wrong AFTER they get caught, prosecuted, and convicted. You can't be charged for planning, except if that includes wanting to do something bad to the president. We protect people's rights and that is the right thing to do.

    The problem is that if there is no law to break, then there has to be precedent set. New Law. So until something bad happens, ie Katrina, Enron, 9/11, the government assumes that people are good until they act evil.

    Should we ever change this? The only way you can is to remove the reasons people want to act criminally in the first place. Why did Enron do what they did? Corporate greed. Why did the government fail to act in Katrina? Because after Andrew they started to force people to leave, yet the big one never came. They cried wolf trying to prevent things, made people laugh off their doomsday stance, then when people didn't react to their warnings on Katrina they ask why did you not tell us???? They did, people just didn't listen and they didn't implement an actionable plan.

    I used to live in NO and Biloxi and was sent away about 10 times for hurricanes that never once amounted to more than a lot of rain. Would I have left? I doubt it. But I wouldn't have then cried to anyone about losing anything because I made the decision. Now what will happen? Who knows, but I would bet that in 10 years Katrina will have been forgotten, the lessons learned in some dusty manual on a wall and then Tampa will get nailed and this will start all over again.

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