Microsoft “Collective Defense” – Joining forces to fight Internet Attacks

Being National Cyber Security Awareness month there are lots of news flying around.  Microsoft had a few things to say about the subject. 

We can increase collective computer security by taking cues from the healthcare industry, argues Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing. Charney outlined this position in a recently published paper entitled Collective Defense: Applying Public Health Models to the Internet

In a post on the Microsoft On the Issues blog, Charney writes, “Just as when an individual who is not vaccinated puts others’ health at risk, computers that are not protected or have been compromised with a bot put others at risk and pose a greater threat to society.” Charney says that Microsoft will provide and promote research and development to follow the public health model in computer security while still supporting user control and privacy.

Download the Paper

The only item that people will have issue with is the overhead to get it done.  Key will be how this is implemented and how itself can be protected from abuse.   People might also have issue with ISP controlling this as their track record with a lot of consumers is not the best.

As this issue gets bigger something like the idea above really does have to come into play.  With Smart phones and items like the Ipad more and more people who have never been on the internet are using it.  These people just don’t understand what they should and shouldn’t do on a daily basis.


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