On the day that the annual Infosec show starts in the UK we have a call for a Euro cyber security tsar. I was surprised at this.

In many ways it's the perpetuation of all that I feel is bad about security management. A handful of readers might have heard me on BBC Radio London this morning talking about the problems that may be associated with the Olympics (see yesterday's post). I thought the story was a load of talked-up nonsense just for the radio show and I stand by that.

The most salient point, though, was made by the presenter on the breakfast show, Paul Ross. I'd said I was more concerned about disks with loads of private information being left in taxis as has certainly happened over here; he offered the opinion that holding a paper document so that it can be seen and photographed, particularly if it's about terrorism and how to counter it, is even more of a problem.

This is where we get back to the cybercrime issue. The breaches I've mentioned - disks being left somewhere, a document being visible - had nothing 'cyber' about them. I honestly, really, believe a lot of this cybercrime phobia is more to do with people wanting to blame technology rather than other people.

We don't need a cybersecurity tsar in Europe. What we need is a managerial security tsar, who can promote best practice in cybersecurity by all means, but only as part of the mix.

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