Thursday, March 10, 2011

Good thing Symantec & McAfee don't manufacture condoms

Another strong argument for legitimizing cyber privateers to monetize enforcement is reported by NSS Labs, who measured effectiveness of 10 security products' malware detection. The results: 36% effectiveness detecting email malware unless a company runs a centralized, server-based product, in which case the protection rate soared to a whopping 74%. The NSS Labs report is $995, which I didn't pop for. And even if I did, I'd probably be in violation of their purchase license to name names. However, one critical conclusion kind of seems obvious: 74% protection would certainly put a condom manufacturer out of business.

In my opinion, the threat of some brilliantly evil enforcers with a get-out-of-jail-free card from the government—and backed by a bonding authority who would make sure innocent victims were recompensed a hundredfold (see The Cyber Privateer Code)—could do more to prevent cyber crime than all the politicians placed end to end (and they should handily beat the 36-74% number from the billion dollar industry that's doing such a…bang-up…job).

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?