A senior Microsoft researcher has suggested that Internet providers should scan user’s computers before allowing them to get access on the Internet. The proposal is aimed at attacking the purveyor of malware that spreads across the World Wide Web.
Scott Charney, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for “trustworthy computing”, stated in a blog post that the commonly available security such as firewalls, antivirus, and automatic updates for security patches can only minimize the risk, but they’re not enough.
“Despite our best efforts, many consumer computers are host to malware or are part of a botnet. ”Bots,” networks of compromised computers controlled by hackers, can provide criminals with a relatively easy means to commit identity theft and also lead to much more devastating consequences if used for an attack on critical government infrastructure or financial systems,” Charney said.
Chansey’s proposal is derived from the concept of public health, in which a sick individual is not allowed to get in contact with other healthy humans by being placed in quarantine.
He wrote: “Just as when an individual who is not vaccinated puts others’ health at risk, computers that are not protected or have been compromised with a bot put others at risk and pose a greater threat to society. In the physical world, international, national, and local health organizations identify, track and control the spread of disease which can include, where necessary, quarantining people to avoid the infection of others. Simply put, we need to improve and maintain the health of consumer devices connected to the Internet in order to avoid greater societal risk.”
Charney suggests that the cyber world should adapt the implemented stringent health measures of World Health Organization to protect the cyber world from the “pandemic” spread of a worm or botnet.