Cyber Security Group Says Governments Should Play Nice On The Web
February 26, 2014

Cyber Security Group Says Governments Should Play Nice On The Web

Lee Rannals for - Your Universe Online

A security group is calling for world governments to behave on the Internet and cooperate with each other better.

Art Coviello, Executive Vice President of EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman of RSA, gave a keynote speech at the RSA Conference 2014, saying international governments should cooperate on major issues like cyber war, surveillance, privacy and trust on the Internet. The head of the security group not only asked countries to behave themselves, but also asked the NSA and other intelligent organizations to adopt a model that separates their defensive and intelligence gathering roles.

"The tension between and among the competing interests of governments, business, and individuals in the digital world should not be surprising. Information has become more easily accessible, and more valuable," Coviello said at the event. "We are in the midst of a fundamental and historic shift in the use of Information Technology, a shift that is already having monumental implications for the future of our society and culture. The rapid expansion and democratization of technology has brought the agendas of disparate groups crashing together with unpredictable consequences."

He provided four guidelines for international government and industry to follow, helping to encourage debate and action by all parties with a common interest in ensuring a safer Internet. Coviello suggested parties must renounce the use of cyber weapons and the use of Internet for waging war.

"We must have the same abhorrence to cyber war as we do nuclear and chemical war,” the RSA executive chairman said.

RSA, the Security Devision of EMC, also recommends governments cooperate in the investigation, apprehension and prosecution of cyber criminals.

"The only ones deriving advantage from governments trying to gain advantage over one another on the Internet are the criminals. Our lack of immediate, consistent and sustained cooperation, globally, gives them the equivalent of safe havens,” Coviello said.

He also recommended governments ensure economic activity on the Internet proceeds unfettered and intellectual property rights be respected. Finally, Coviello says agencies should respect and ensure the privacy of individuals.

"Our personal information has become the true currency of the digital age. While it is important that we are not exploited, it is even more important that our fundamental freedoms are protected. But with our personal freedom comes responsibility. Governments have a duty to create and enforce a balance… a balance based on a fair governance model and transparency."

He finished his keynote by encouraging all governments to adopt these four principles and pleading with the security industry to do its part to create secure frameworks and technology that ensures a safer Internet.