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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    Technomancer, 21 Jul 2006 @ 10:40am

    More sad truth

    Big events that get noticed by the whole world get used by politicians like props in a bad soap opera. I remember when Katrina was coming ashore, I turned to a friend of mine, and said, "Know what? This storm is going to do a LOT of damage. I'll bet they spend a few weeks talking about the 'tragedy', and then they will start asking 'couldn't something have been done to prevent this?' and then they find a way to blame it on the president."

    Guess what happened?

    It's not the event that causes the actual changes to be made. It's the big money and corporations that capitalize on the chaos and use it to further their own agendas...

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