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IDG Contributor Network: Maybe a Cyber UL is just what we need

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Aug 11, 2015.

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    In late June, hacker and researcher Peiter Zatko, better known to many by the moniker "Mudge," left a position at Google to launch a so-called "Cyber Underwriters' Laboratory." The concept has been variously celebrated and panned by respected researchers and security experts.

    Rob Graham (aka @Errata_Rob) calls it a dumb idea in so many words. Rob goes so far as to call it a "Vogon approach," an allusion to the alien species from Dan Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In Rob's view, the problem isn't hacking or physical quality defects - and in this Rob is exactly right. Elite hackers exist, and they do elite things - but most consumers are not their prey. Their prey by and large is higher value targets - businesses, governments, and perhaps individuals in positions of significant wealth, power, or influence.

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