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Cybersecurity, too many individuals do not take measures to protect their PII (Personally Identifiable Information) such as medical, financial, etc you do NOT want others to obtain. Many people just do not update their computing device security (when they are able to) – or they are unwilling to take the extra effort if automatic updating is not enabled or for whatever reason.
Maybe the constraints are due to the expenses possibly involved in buying newer equipment, software and connectivity/bandwidth.
Sometimes, some of the average users have no idea of what they need to do to secure their home computers (desktops, laptops), their smart phones, their tablets, etc.

Now, on the other side, there are many companies out there with security software suites that do not catch as much malware (malicious software) as they (or the home user) would like. Let alone detect that malware as it enters their network, transits the network or as it leaves the network – exfiltrating (‘stealing’ to be blunt) massive amounts of IP (Intellectual Property) full of proprietary research and development that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars (or hundreds of millions of dollars) as they pursued new technology, software or any other advances.
Since no one company or any single government agency can stop most of the malware attacks, we most likely need some kind of quasi-governmental consortium.

What do you think? Don’t you believe we all could use more help in stopping malware around the country, or around the world…?

As it stands, each of the individual AV (anti-virus)/security firms are hosting their own clouds – and as most of my cybersecurity colleagues know, one or two AV security suites are not enough and will not stop, let alone identify, most of the malware out in the wild. {In the wild, for those not familiar with the term, only means that the malware is running rampant in the Internet (‘Net).} And most of the time, home users have a difficult time installing more than one AV software package because the vendors make them so they do not ‘play’ nice with each when you install them – many of these software packages wants you to let the software uninstall the ‘other’ AV suite/software.

Then too, there are all the seemingly endless Zero-day exploits that criminals, hackers and even dare I say “state sponsored” organizations (even our own in the U.S.) are implementing due to some hole(s) in some software, firmware and/or hardware.
We need to have an intentional ‘collusion’ of security minded folks/organizations that is sanctioned by the people and government to help stop or drastically slow down all these malware attacks and pilfering of data.

Some years ago, before many of the current AV security suite firms, Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, starting jumping on the bandwagon – there were some college students who cobbled together a Beowulf network of computers (rather than buying time on a supercomputer like Cray) and loaded up multiple AV software packages to detect, stop and mitigate malware that was noticed.
{Beowulf http://searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com/definition/Beowulf }
The premise is that if one or two AV suites missed the malware, one or two of the others ‘might’ do the job. You know – strength in numbers.

This is what we need on the ‘Net today, some kind of national anti-malware cloud (or even international if we can gain allied support through the U.N. or Interpol). One Cloud with the capabilities to share anti-malware information in real time as it is found and developed – that is, shared with users on the ‘Net.
Going further, this consortium would not only track and stop malware on the ‘Net but it would also staunch that NEVER ENDING flow of SPAM!
As it stands, the current AV firms stand up their own clouds for their own profits and the governmental entities like US-CERT (U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team is first and foremost for government agencies and secondly to help the average citizen).

But there you have it, we need help on the ‘Net, in the Cloud, now…

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