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Internet Pioneer On Incident Response: Sorry, There's No 'Magic Security Pixie Dust'

Paul Vixie, founder of Farsight Security, says cybercrime will never be stamped out under the open standards governing the Internet today.

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Open Internet Fuels Rising Threats

"The Internet is a mess," said Vixie, who serves on the security and stability advisory committee of ICANN. "We don't have admission control, we don't have control over who can send spam or who can forge IP addresses or create DDoS attacks. It is a holy terror. It is a lab-grade toy network that has been forced on an unsuspecting world who probably hoped for a more 'Star Trek' like future. There's an argument to be made that maybe we should have done better and made this a little more resilient. Now having a ringside seat for 25 years, I can tell you that this is the only way that a global network could have been built. The fact is that this was the right way to go. It was completely open to innovation from anywhere and this is what was going to win."

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