Cooperating with law enforcement for U.S. security

Sondra Schneider

Below you will find expert Sondra Schneider's response to questions about how the PATRIOT Act affects individual security and civil liberties. This article is one of a group of expert answers to questions on this legislation.

Every company has a basic premise -- protect the family jewels from theft, modification or destruction. The homeowner decides how to protect the family jewels, with security alarm systems, safes dogs, etc. He decides who should enter the domain by providing a key or permission. Networks are similar in that we have now have a DMZ in front of networks that hold personal information just like an external mail box. Everyday personal and corporate information is at risk. If someone wanted your personal information they'd find a way to open your mail and extract or copy what they needed. On our networks it is easier than ever to take personal or corporate information. The public is less concerned with:

  • How ISPs protect their information, or else we would have better security.
  • There is a lack of understanding that software Trojans can easily steal your information, or the ISP would provide anti-Trojan software.
  • People with intent to steal our personal information will do so, because there are significant vulnerabilities in every network.
  • For those reasons we need to collaborate on suspected information. ISPs have a responsibility to the users, as such, they should cooperate

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