Last month the EU provided Google with an early tax day present - it decided to move anti-trust charges against the web giant.  In its filling by the Wall Street Journal this move by the EU - should the EU prevail - could result in charges and fines that could exceed $6 billion (with a b).

The European charges focus on complaints that Google uses its dominant Internet search engine to favor its own services over those of rivals, people familiar with the situation said. Rivals say Google search results in areas like travel, shopping and maps increasingly favor Google’s own offerings, that its customers pay for, over links to similar on-line services run by rivals.

All to which we here at labs say... No Kidding??  Of course customers who pay Google for its search optimization services will rank above those who do not.  After all what is "search optimization".  

Of course more ironic to this whole discussion is that Google is being accused of providing preferential treatment to customers willing to pay.  

Gosh kids... where have we heard that before?  I know - when Google and other OTT players like NetFlix, Hulu and the like all complained to the FCC that service providers were asking for payment to provide a better quality of network service. 

If it sounds like the same thing only different - it is.  Google is being accused of the very thing it complained about to the FCC.  We here at SDNNFV call that karma - and yes we believe Google is guilty of all the charges the EU has brought forward.  

The "Don't Be Evil" moniker aside Google is no longer the Internet phenomena that captured people's imagination.  They are a multi-billion dollar juggernaut that starts projects at a whim that remain in beta forever or are strictly designed to hammer telecommunication providers to improved services (see Google Fiber).

For Internet policy - much like life in general - we believe in laissez faire - the market will always prevail.  Service providers should be able to offer qualities of service just as Google should be able to provide quality of service for its search results.   

In the political climate these days Google stands little chance of escaping the grasp of the EU - much as the service provider community did not escape the FCC.  Karma Google... karma...
The recent security breach at Anthem is another example of how difficult it is to secure any type of data on the Internet.  More and more personal data is accruing on-line faster than ever before.  Its a wonder the Anthem breach doesn't occur more often.  Now more than ever its important to not only secure your data but also your activity on-line.  Security firms are not blind to this opportunity - the growing market in on-line security and security enabled solutions, for both business and personal use, is accelerating.

Along with this growth are the number of attack vectors - there is more data on line than ever before and there are more ways to access that data than ever before.  What was considered unrelated and antonymous systems only a few years ago are now forever interconnected.

The Target breach from December 2014 was a result of entry via the company store's HVAC system!!! I am confident the Target IT team invested in all the appropriate systems to secure their data - but I am sure none of them included securing the store's environmental control systems.  

The Internet of Things (IoT) will create opportunity for hackers and malcontents alike - securing machine based IP communication services - the heartbeat of IoT - is already exceeding normal security measures. Organizations are working to provide a more secure on-line experience - which we at labs applaud with much vim and vigor.

However with even more vim and a dash of vigor we ask - and then what?  After all measures are taken it still won't be enough.  Data breaches will still occur.  Now we say this not to cast the security industry in a disparaging light - but rather ask if we look at the problem a bit differently...

We say - Trust no one.  Stop assuming the network you are accessing is secure... its not.  No matter the access - be it commercial or municipal WiFi or your company's internal IT network - assume those networks are compromised and secure the data yourself.  The panacea would be to provide security for data regardless of the underling broadband network.  

IT departments can continue to invest in their networks - and security vendors can continue with new and improved PowerPoint solutions - just don't trust them to solve every problem - they can't.  

That needs to be left  up to you... after all its your data...