.COMmentary: Internet 2

.COMmentary: Internet 2

By Mike Lotz

Internet 2

By Mike Lotz

Speaking to more than 100 security and privacy experts, a top adviser on cybersecurity said a new, secure Internet is needed to ensure that the country is not hurt by an attack from cyberspace.

“The secure Internet should have the equivalent of armed guards at the doors, and no one would be anonymous. In this zone, privacy and security could be achieved, as long as there is no anonymity,” said Richard Clarke, the National Security Council’s national coordinator for security, counter-terrorism and infrastructure protection.

Clarke made the statement after noting that experts are becoming increasingly worried about a disruption in cyberspace affecting the critical parts of the U.S. national infrastructure and stressed that the idea is one that he is advocating and is not part of the current administration’s policies.

Everything depends on the IT networks. Much of our national security has been made part of these IT networks. The networks, through which much of the United States’ critical information passes, are mingled with unsecure and public networks.

In the future, information technology will converge. All communications will travel over the Internet; cell phones, PDAs, pagers and mobile PCs will merge into a single device; and the Internet’s basic foundation–cables, satellites and wireless systems–will merge together.

Experts should focus on securing that future network and not spend all their efforts on applying bandages to the present hodgepodge that is the current Internet.

A second, secure Internet is exactly what online businesses need. Credit card fraud could be tracked and eliminated, and businesses could operate without being bashed by e-mail viruses, hit & run spammers and so on. If each person who gets online must be verified with correct information, people won’t pop in and out like digital ghosts.

But why stop at two Internets? Why not have one Internet dedicated to streaming audio/video and another for critical-response time applications for emergency purposes only? How about an Internet backbone for online games and chat rooms and another one just for ecommerce, and another one dedicated to reference material (news articles, books, etc.)?

Search engines could ask which one you would like to search. It would be nice to search for reference material without someone’s commercial website getting in the way.

After all, we don’t have just one highway crossing the country. Why not have different digital highways for all our information to travel?

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at questions@iwebwerks.com.

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