The Economist certainly thinks computer security is broken (and
it's hard to argue the contrary). In its April 8 edition, The
Economist's cover story proclaims, "Why computers will never be safe."
While that's good news for some of us (at least in the short
run), for most of us it's a daunting proposition. So how to
address the problem? Do we need more regulation, as The Economist
suggests? Should programmers be held to a higher standard? Will
cyber insurance enforce norms, with ignorance resulting in higher
premiums? Are computers like automobiles in the 1960s? Or the food
industry at the turn of the century? Will Congress pass the
equivalent of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of
1966 or the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and make
hacking a thing of the past? Given that the U.S. government is
currently more broken than most computer software, I think
we're still going to struggle with security for the foreseeable
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