Microsoft proposes public health approach to internet infections: Only vaccinated computers can get online

Byron Acohido
USA Today

Microsoft has proposed a bold new Internet security model based on the principles used to preserve public health on a global basis.

Scott Charney, corporate vice president of trustworthy computing at Microsoft, unveiled the software giant’s Collective Defense proposal on Tuesday during his keynote at the Information Security Solutions Europe (ISSE) conference in Berlin.

Charney urged government and tech industry officials to act collectively to protect citizens and critical infrastructure from growing cyberthreats. He compared unprotected and infected computers to unvaccinated and contagious individuals. Both, he said, can pose a threat to society.

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