What does this mean for the average broadband consumer? Not much yet, actually.
Technology needs to catch up to us in regards to Cyber-security; We are so connected all the time with our mobile phones, tablets, home computers, exercise devices (Nike+ Fuelband, Fit Bit, etc...), eReaders, smart watches, ad infinitum...
There needs to be some changes and some technologies that we either don't have or is still in development. For example:
- More "Real-Time" Threat Analysis on a broad scale (leave the viruses and standard malware to the personal anti-virus/anti-malware applications)
- Better Password Technology (because "password" and "123456" is not cutting it any more. I use Google's "Two-factor" Authentication and would like to see more of that in not only the Enterprise Market (where I currently work) but Small to Medium Business (SMB) and Consumer scenarios as well.
- More robust network packet analysis that can simultaneously neutralize a threat before it gets to the end user.
- I could go on and on but these three things would help considerably but it requires everyone to comply and therein lies the root of the issue.
Things are changing and while some issues are getting the attention that they deserve, other items that, in my humble opinion, are being tossed by the wayside assuming that someone else will take it on...
President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday that encourages more cybersecurity threat-related data sharing between the private sector and the government.
Speaking at Stanford University in California, where many tech leaders and other government officials also assembled, the president acknowledged that federal authorities are in a bind.
“I have to tell you that grappling with how government protects the American people from adverse events while at the same time making sure that government itself is not abusing its capabilities is hard,” he said.
“This cyber world is the Wild Wild West, and to some degree we’re asked to be the sheriff. When something like Sony happens, people want to know what government can do about it. The technology so often outstrips whatever rules and structures and standards have been put in place.”
“Everybody’s online and everybody’s vulnerable,” he added.
In an online statement, the White House added: "We must have new technologies that combine greater security and convenience. This technology moves beyond usernames and passwords to employ multiple security steps to better ensure a person is who they say they are."
The Obama administration has been actively working on this issue since 2013, when a previous executive order on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity was signed. That, in turn, led to something called the “Cybersecurity Framework,” or a sort of blueprint that some Silicon Valley and other major firms have adopted, including Bank of America, Apple, and others.
Last month, Obama announced new legislation aiming to protect consumer privacy and student privacy and offer enhanced protection of home energy usage data, among other things. (Some of the new suggested policies were first put forth in 2012.)
Some tech companies have butted heads with Washington and are dismayed that National Security Agency and other digital surveillance reforms have stalled. While Apple CEO Tim Cook did speak, executives from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter were not in attendance. According to Reuters, copies of the executive order’s text have not been made available to top tech executives.
A copy of the executive order has yet to be published on the White House website.