Major ISPs can remove botnets, malware, CISO says

Internet service providers have the ability to wipe nearly all malicious activity in their networks without stepping on individual privacy and civil liberties, says network security expert Adam Rice of Tata Communications Ltd. Rice, chief security officer a Mumbai-based Tata, India's largest ISP which conducts operations in 80 countries, said most tier-1 ISPs focus on tangible threats when conducting risk assessments, such as natural disasters, which can disrupt service. While botnet herders and other cybercriminals are a juggernaut to law enforcement, Rice said the technology is available to get a handle on many of the known threats.

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