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Can a Secure Network be Secure?

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Security Programs & Policies

It’s taken two and a half years, but someone has finally developed a “dot-secure” network.  After former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell called for a “dot-secure” network, a Silicon Valley startup with $9.6 million in funding has announced plans to launch one. Based on the description, this isn’t intended to be a wholly secure network, since that’s a tough promise to fulfill.  It’s intention is to link companies that take security seriously. At a minimum, the shared standards and security consciousness should allow much better forensics and audits of network behavior, even when the behavior crosses organizational and technical firewalls.  Perhaps the $9.6 million will be spent mainly on rule-writing and rule-enforcement. 

This is a startup that lawyers and accountants dream of.  I hope that doesn’t guarantee its failure.