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The United States needs the help of both the private sector and individual Americans to tackle cybersecurity, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said at the RSA Conference 2010 in San Francisco on Wednesday. "We need to have an ongoing two-way conversation and effort between the private and public sectors, and we need to have an ongoing multifaceted effort with the public at large," she said. The department is working on various technological projects to improve U.S. cybersecurity while respecting civil liberties and privacy.
"We need your help, your brainpower, your expertise to identify where that puck is and go beyond that," she said. "That, my friends, is what we call the national cybersecurity effort."
Lady, the puck is down Microsoft's throat, and headed for the sphincter.
You want to cut cybercrime by an order of magnitude, or more?
PROMOTE OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE!!!
That's right - tell the smooth talking salesmen to STFU, and look at the statistics. The BILLIONS in lost revenues over the last decade or so, are almost ALL traced to exploits on Microsoft operating systems. Recently, Adobe has overtaken Microsoft on the percentage of exploits - but the open source versions of Adobe's products aren't vulnerable.
OPEN SOURCE everything. Proprietary software has no incentive to be secure. The incentive is to make money, and once they have your money, they don't CARE about your security.
Wake up, government. Time to smell the coffee.