THE RECOGNIZED SECURITY PROBLEM
MEDISCRIBE© knows and understands that hackers have
been able to expose widespread cybersecurity lapses and heighten fears
about defending critical infrastructure from attack. With the type of
information that will be stored on the MEDISCRIBE© system,
cybersecurity is a foremost consideration.
Earlier this month, former CIA Director Michael Hayden
became the latest figure in Washington to call for a separate, secure
Internet to shield vital systems like the power grid from cyber-attacks.
The new commander of the
military's cyberwar operations, Gen. Keith Alexander, has also endorsed the idea.
MEDISCRIBE© realizes and acknowledges that with the typical structure of the computer systems today, very little can be done to protect a network that is in the current Internet structure. "It's an acceptance that the existing Internet is an inherently insecure platform," said Jeffrey Carr, founder of the security consulting firm Taia Global Inc and author of the book "Inside Cyber Warfare." Computer networks tied to vital industries "can't afford that kind of exposure," he said. "I think that's really raised attention as to how insecure everybody is, and how easy it is to retain anonymity and generate chaos and have very little chance of being caught," Carr said.
MEDISCRIBE© has a “private and secure” Internet based on a series of at least 5 separate servers in 5 separate national geographic locations that are running on a separate channel fenced off from the Web and thus invisible to outside hackers.
MEDISCRIBE© would require users to prove their identity before gaining access to the independent MEDISCRIBE© “cloud” system. This will eliminate a fundamental security concept of the modern Internet, that of anonymity. Lack of anonymity could be a deterrent to hackers; if no one is anonymous, it would be easier for law enforcement to track suspects, Carr said.
For years, a wide range of industries have used versions of private Internet networks, from scientists working on particle accelerators to employees handling medical records. Recently, advertising and movie production companies have also started using them because they are faster and more secure. As Congress debates cybersecurity legislation, MEDISCRIBE© has developed an independent private computer Internet system that will protect the patient’s private information from cyber-attacks.
In an interview, Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), who co-chairs the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, said he planned to introduce legislation that would create a separate Internet domain for critical infrastructure (similar to that which MEDISCRIBE© has developed). Langevin's colleague, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-R.I.) chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, suggested that creating an entirely secure computer network could save lives. In a speech last November on the Senate floor, Whitehouse compared a secure Internet to medieval times, when communities located infrastructure such as wells and granaries inside castle walls to protect them from raiders. "Not everything needs the same level of protection in cyberspace, but we need to sort out what does need that kind of protection," Whitehouse said, adding, "We simply cannot leave that core infrastructure on which the life and death of Americans depends without better security."