Governments should use buying, regulatory power to fight botnets: Expert

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Draft U.S. government recommendations on ways to reduce the threat of automated botnets launching denial of service attacks and spreading malware are too weak, says a cyber security expert.

The report from the departments of Homeland Security and Commerce issued last week, “definitely did not go far enough,” John Pescatore, director of emerging security trends at the SANS Institute, said in an interview.

While praising the report’s urging that manufacturers and end users follow best practices in cyber hygiene, much of it came down to “let’s do the same thing we’ve been doing, but more – more information sharing, government standards,” Pescatore complained.

Instead, he said the U.S. – and all governments around the world – should use their existing buying and regulatory power to force organizations to better use current technology and force makers of Internet of Things devices to tighten their security.

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