The European ICT security market is not achieving its full potential. Which are the barriers to its full deployment? What are the bottlenecks that EU action should address?
I just finished to attend a Tweets Storm on #etnokroes where the Commissioner Neelie Kroes answered to questions about ICT. Lots of interesting questions and some considerations from the debate that I can use to try to answer your question here.
- need for more innovative trans-European partnerships (eHealth was one of the examples brought up)
- doing more for the creation of a EU mobile operators market (ie cheaper roaming for EU citizens)
- cooperation between the telecom sector and institutions (there were representatives from the telecom sector involved in the discussion)
- co-investment in physical network assets as a good way to de-risk investment
These are just some of the ideas gathered in a quick Tweets Storm. I believe that some would be interesting to further investigate.
Maybe we should consider defining what is meant by the "European ICT Security Industry".
Plug-on security is rather useless - security is either built-in from start or not at all.
But that also means that security has to be strongly adapted to the application/aspects handled.
- a secure payment is NOT based on identification or re-useof keys such as EMV Payment Card, but on purpose-specific non-reused keys such as Digital Cash.
- a "secure channel" is not merely some SSL-encryption, you also need to consider data leakage of ip-adresses and DDOS attacks on reused addresses which might encorporate some sort of onion-routing or mixnet such as e.g. embassies use.
- a secure use of bioemtrics is Chip-on-card, possibly including some sort of biometric encryuption, but nothing like the passports enablgin biometrics-based identity theft.
Security is perhaps a methodology, a principle of risk minimization, a process such as a negotiation and validated resolution againt a set of security tools, technologies, procedures, solutions etc.
But what is the "ICT Security Industry"?
I just wonder if online security is perceived as a market or a market challenge. Reminds me of the cobra effect anecdote. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobra_effect
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