McAfee CEO Says New Laws Are Needed To Deal With Cybercrime

from the passing-the-buck dept

McAfee CEO Dave DeWalt has been pushing politicians to create new laws to deal with cybercrime. He says cybercrime is now a bigger business than illegal drug trafficking in the US, and that the punishment doled out to cybercriminals isn't an effective deterrent. He may have a valid point there, but new laws and sentencing guidelines don't seem to be the most effective potential tool against computer crimes -- particularly when much of this crime comes from overseas, where being caught and punished by a remote government isn't likely to stop many criminals. DeWalt says that the technical side of security is "pretty advanced", and that government is lagging. But if things really were so rosy in the computer security business, it doesn't seem like there would be much of a need for new laws. He mentions malware and phishing, two areas where he says new laws could help -- but both of these represent areas where security vendors could show some improvements too. Traditional methods, like blacklists, seem to be flagging, so some fresh thinking and innovation in the industry, not just a bunch of new laws, would be beneficial. There are some areas, though, where some stronger deterrents might be useful, such as in getting businesses and government to take the security of personal information more seriously.

Filed Under: politics, security
Companies: mcafee


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  1. identicon
    Mark, 20 Jul 2007 @ 9:53am

    McAfee - start using Unix

    Start using Unix (Mac OS X) or linux, and don't allow basic design Flaws in Microsoft (which is the #1 problem).

    The 'virus' just take advantage of design flaws in Microsoft.
    We have had a few 'virus'/worms/vulnerabilities on unix since 1970's. And Unix still can, if the person does BAD things like setuid programs. In 1984 it was clearly stated to NEVER write a email program that would directly execute code, and this was on Unix (a multi-user, non-root default) system.

    On Windows it is _EXTREMELY_ dangerous, since most home users are setup as administrators also (Generally a bad idea). At least if it only installed as a user on a unix system, only the user was compromised, and with basic firewall setup the system is still safe.

    McAfee has a vested interest in continuing on Microsoft since they have bugs to work on protecting, so more virus' can come, so they can sell more 'virus' protection software.

    sigh..

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