Under Charney's proposal, PCs would be issued a "health certificate" that showed whether the system was fully patched, that it was running security software and a firewall, and that it was malware-free. Machines with deficiencies would require patching or an antivirus update, while bot-infected PCs might be barred from the Internet.
Quarantining PCs could be a last-step measure, Charney said, to keep compromised PCs from threatening others on the Web.
"Just as when an individual who is not vaccinated puts others' health at risk, computers that are not protected or have been compromised with a bot put others at risk and pose a greater threat to society," Charney argued in a post to a company blog. "We need to improve and maintain the health of consumer devices connected to the Internet in order to avoid greater societal risk."
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