Infosec: Safer internet depends on private sector

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The development of a safer, more secure internet will require greater input from the private sector, the vice president of the European Commission has claimed.

In the opening keynote at this year's Infosecurity event in central London, Neelie Kroes, set out a multi-pronged, Europe-wide strategy for protecting people against cyber attacks.

"The threats come from a variety of places and are [driven] by a variety of motivations, [including] profit, protest and political gain," she said.

Internet attacks come from a wide variety of sources and there is no simple solution

"Because internet attacks come from such a wide variety of sources, there is no simple solution."

This strategy will be executed during the third quarter of 2012, she revealed, and will require input from governments, businesses and individuals.

"Internet security cannot be left to the traditional instruments of national security, as if cyber space is just another military theatre," said Kroes. "We need a comprehensive response that...will enable a step change in how we assure internet security."

The private sector will have a big role to play in this, stressed Kroes, because of the amount of ICT products it consumes and produces. "[Although]it should be in all companies' interests to improve security, regardless of where they sit in the ICT value chain."

"By building networks, a decent governance structure, providing the right incentives for the private sector [to play a greater role in IT security] and developing a vibrant internal [security product] market, we can have an internet that is safe and secure for everyone," she concluded.

Caroline Donnelly is the news and analysis editor of IT Pro and its sister site Cloud Pro, and covers general news, as well as the storage, security, public sector, cloud and Microsoft beats. Caroline has been a member of the IT Pro/Cloud Pro team since March 2012, and has previously worked as a reporter at several B2B publications, including UK channel magazine CRN, and as features writer for local weekly newspaper, The Slough and Windsor Observer. She studied Medical Biochemistry at the University of Leicester and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism at PMA Training in 2006.