Black Hat: We need agency focused on fixing internet’s problems

The country needs a federal agency akin to the National Institutes of Health in order to fix the problems with the internet, keynoter Dan Kaminsky yesterday told a record crowd of more than 6,400 at Black Hat 2016.

Private companies are dealing with the security problems they face without sharing the solutions or pushing for the underlying engineering changes that are needed to make the internet more secure, says Kaminsky, who famously discovered a serious vulnerability in DNS, which underpins the internet.

The solution is a central agency to address those engineering challenges. He says all the money that is spent piecemeal on battling security needs to be channeled to this agency so it has the resources and bureaucratic bulk to escape being derailed by transient public officeholders whose policies can change dramatically and quickly.

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Network World Tim Greene