Microsoft VP proposes application of public health models to the Internet

Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, has recently put out a whitepaper that proposes a “new collective defense effort” to combat cybercrime/Internet security breaches that would apply the public health model to Internet security. This includes user education, “vaccination,” bolstering efforts to detect infected devices and granting access to resources based on the health of the device using technologies that would do for consumer devices what NAP does for the enterprise, i.e. reliance on “health certificates” to determine the status of connecting devices. It’s an interesting idea, and you can download the PDF here:

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