A User-Focused Internet Threat Model
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Independent Submission                                      D. Lazanski
Internet Draft                                         Last Press Label
Intended status: Informational                            March 8, 2020
Expires: September 9, 2020

                   A User-Focused Internet Threat Model
                  draft-lazanski-users-threat-model-t-00

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Abstract

   RFC 3552 introduces a threat model that does not include endpoint
   security. RFC 3552 is 15 years old and in those 15 years the threat
   landscape has changed. Security issues and cyber attacks have
   increased and there are more devices, users, and applications on the
   endpoint than ever. This draft proposes a new approach to the
   Internet threat model which will include endpoint security, focus on
   users and provide an update to the threat model in RC 3552.

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction...................................................2
   2. A History of Data Breaches.....................................3
   3. Botnets........................................................5
   4. Emerging Threats...............................................6
   5. Impacts........................................................7
   6. Guidelines.....................................................7
   7. A New Internet Threat Model....................................7
   8. Way Forward....................................................8
   9. Security Considerations........................................9
   10. IANA Considerations...........................................9
   11. Conclusions...................................................9
   12. References....................................................9
      12.1. Informative References...................................9
   13. Acknowledgments..............................................11

1. Introduction

   Data breaches are on the rise: personal data is stolen and often
   leaked or sold on a never-before-seen scale. Malware and ransomware
   attacks impact the most vulnerable in our global societies today.
   Better security results in better privacy through prevention of
   these breaches. However, even though the IETF is privacy-focused,
   policy and design decisions taken by the IETF have radically changed
   the architecture of the Internet, arguably without due consideration
   to cyber defence implications or outcomes.

   In recent years, this has obsoleted many systems, technologies and
   programmes which use Internet protocols for prevention, detection
   and mitigation of cyber attacks. RFC 7258 established that
   "Pervasive Monitoring" is an attack on privacy that needs to be
   mitigated where possible. Furthermore, RFC 3552 assumes that the
   endpoints involved in a communications exchange have not been
   compromised, but that the attacker has near complete control over
   the network between the endpoints rather than the endpoints
   themselves.  These assumptions have led to a focus on communications

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   security and the development of protocols that place this kind of
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