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Teaching cybersecurity akin to learning to drive

Decades ago, the auto industry fought tooth and nail against adding safety equipment. Teaching drivers was the way to make the roads safer, it contended. One can see a similar parallel with the debate over improving cybersecurity today. Last week, The Awareness and Outreach Task Force issued recommendations for raising cybersecurity awareness with proposals for everything from public service announcements to a teaching tour for C-level execs. “Generally, many private enterprises, public entities and home users lack the resources to adequately manage cybersecurity risk,” the task force said in its report. “Internet users must be made aware of the importance of sound cybersecurity practices and given more user-friendly tools to implement them.” The task force falls under the auspices of the National Cyber Security Partnership, a coalition of trade associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Software Alliance. Some have said the recommendations perhaps frame security as a problem because users don’t know enough, rather than as a consequence of insecure products. Full Story

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