This should be good news for heads of Risk and of Information Security but most are too bogged down with data protection, breach notification and ISO 27000 to make use of the unique window of opportunity that has been presented to them. Meanwhile those engaged in hyping Big Data, Cloud, Off-shoring and Outsourcing, without seriously considering the implications for security and resilience, let alone flexibility, face an even bigger challenge.
The focus should be on making it much easier to report attacks to those who will take action against predators and those who have aided and abetted them, not to regulators who will merely penalise the messenger. The only mandatory requirements should be on those to whom attacks are reported. This should include acting as a "first stop shop" and passing reports to those who may be in a better position to take action.
Hence the also the reason why the blog entry quoted on the Today Programme concluded on the need for genuine partnership and a Communications BIll that really does address the obstacles to that partnership: not the re-creation of a mythical past.
one of the lessons from the past is that the Internet as currently conceived cannot survive unless those who want it to do so work together to help rebuild confidence that it is worth protecting. And if it is going to have to continue to evolve, it is even more important to work together to ensure that it evolves into something better suited to the needs of the majority of law abiding citizens and businesses.
The stakes are now much higher. The time has come for those who think they understand the problems to start putting forward effective solutions, not just snipe at those who advocate that which it impractical or counter-productive because they know no better.
"The GDS should increase its behavioural research to see what prevents capable internet users from using online public services more. Our research suggests there are reasons other than lack of awareness, frustration with services or lack of trust. Some users feel that, while a digital channel is appropriate for shopping, it is not formal enough for some government business. GDS needs to understand these behaviours".
I have just been sent a link to a story of how "Anonymous", whoever or whatever they are, "solved" a particularly nasty case of gang rape and cyberbullying leading to suicide inside two hours after the RCMP had got no-where in year. The case raises many issues from how police investigations should be conducted in the Internet Age through to the evidential quality, if any, of material that is widely circulated and believed.
Hence my modest suggestion that part of the memorial to Mrs Thatcher should be to mandate the regulators who lost their way under New Labour to stop trying to micro-manage markets and technologies and focus on restoring competition to the industries she privatised.
It will not be at all easy to get co-operation across those departments whose systems are being milked not only to obtain public sector credentials but for the information on file that will also enable these to be used obtain more valuable private sector credentials.
Meanwhile, those who have been in the frontline of the "Cool War" for over a decade, the on-line gaming and gambling operations, against whom the cyberwarriors of all nations practice, and the on-line banking, payment and retailing operations, which are being milked by to help top up their budgets and to fund their "allies" in organised crime, are left out in the cold.