[ISN] Expert Calls for New Way to Help Keep Web Secure

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Date: Wed Aug 28 2002 - 02:09:33 PDT

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    Wednesday, August 28, 2002
    Economic methods should be used when addressing the issue of 
    information security, which has long been regarded as simply a 
    technological issue, said an expert on information technology Tuesday. 
    Prof. He Dequan, an academic from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 
    made this call when addressing the International Conference on 
    Globalization of Information, which ended Tuesday in Beijing. 
    He said economic methods and technical means should be used together 
    to tighten web information security. 
    A "headache" around the world, information security brings the same
    challenges to all countries, that is, the cost of maintaining web
    security is rapidly increasing, whereas the cost of breaking this
    security is on the decline, he said, calling the situation "grim".
    Statistics show that up to 20 billion U.S. dollars is spent around the
    world on information security each year.
    He proposed establishing a system linking responsibility and
    compensation and adding an incentive mechanism to encourage an
    increase in information security.
    It is necessary to integrate the risks in information security with
    the economic risks and such issues should be dealt with from an
    economic perspective, he added.
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