Areas of the internet will always pose a risk to the safety of web users, a new report has indicated.
BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has released a new report entitled “Aspects of Identity”, which has advised that people must accept areas of the web will always be the “Wild West”.
The study has outlined new priorities for internet governance and identity assurance, taking into account the risks that come with working in the industry.
Researchers from the group have advised internet users to become more educated about online threats and the security and sharing of information, with the BCS noting that identity exists as “currency” on the internet, while free content and services arrive in exchange for sharing personal information.
Individuals who share information must also have the confidence to do so, the group has emphasised.
It added that trust-building mechanisms such as the disclosure of information about service providers and their information management is necessary.
As well as this, a mechanism for users to challenge a service provider’s information handling practices is also required.
Louise Bennett, chair of BCS Security, a community of security experts, said: “We have to accept that parts of the internet will always be the ‘Wild West’.
“However, that shouldn’t stop people using it. It is important to educate users so that they understand the risks they are taking and know how to protect themselves when undertaking any transactions where security, privacy or anonymity are necessary.”
Ms Bennett also explained that users require trusted sources of help and advice to access the right information for their internet use, which will enable them to understand the level of risk.
She added that there is a lot which needs to be done in a number of areas, including the need to tackle digital exclusion and educate users about security.
Posted by Jon Aspinell on 17th May 2013
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