Last week’s mass cyber-attack could produce the wrong lessons. The immediate takeaway seems to be that large institutions need much better cyber-security systems.
But there’s a much simpler and better solution: Vital systems that can’t withstand the catastrophic risk of malicious hacking should just go offline.
Hackers will always be able to find ways of getting into networked systems. The fantasy of ever better cyber-security is delusional. We could spend half of the GDP on network security, and someone will still find a way to hack it ― in a digital infinite regress worthy of Mad Magazine’s “Spy versus Spy.”
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