Linked by Andrew Youll on Sat 17th Sep 2005 11:22 UTC, submitted by JonasDue
Privacy, Security, Encryption "There's lots of innovation going on in security - we're inundated with a steady stream of new stuff and it all sounds like it works just great. Every couple of months I'm invited to a new computer security conference, or I'm asked to write a foreword for a new computer security book. And, thanks to the fact that it's a topic of public concern and a "safe issue" for politicians, we can expect a flood of computer security-related legislation from lawmakers. So: computer security is definitely still a "hot topic." But why are we spending all this time and money and still having problems?"
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by protagonist on Sat 17th Sep 2005 16:21 UTC
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I get the feeling a lot of responders are missing the whole idea of the article. I personally know of someone who uses much the same philosophy on a network he maintains for a business his daughter owns. And what the author says does work quite well. He has never had a successful attack against the network, has not had a virus or trojan successfully enter the system and to this point has not had any successful attack. The only educating the user that he needs to do is when they call him to complain that they can't install software that is not on the authorized list.

The point being, if the concepts contained in this article were followed we would not entirely eliminate the problem, but we would definitely make the problem a whole lot smaller and easier to manage.


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