Should the Internet be Secure by Default? Facebook CSO Says No

The internet today is an open network using often insecure protocols and transport mechanisms. One path to improving security could be to embed security into the fabric of the internet, but that’s not the path that Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos wants to take.

In a press Q&A at the Black Hat security conference on July 26, Stamos responded to a question from eSecurityPlanet about making the internet secure by default. In his view, that’s not the right approach.

“I believe strongly in the end-to-end principle, I think we should have neutral carriers in the middle and it should not be the responsibility of ISPs to secure the internet,” Stamos said.

During his Black Hat keynote, Stamos advised attendees not to focus on zero-day vulnerabilities, but rather on the day-to-day abuses, to help improve security overall on the internet.

Watch the full video with Alex Stamos, CSO of Facebook, below:


Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurityPlanet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner
Sean Michael Kerner
Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.

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