Linked by David Adams on Tue 28th Jun 2011 15:35 UTC, submitted by HAL2001
Privacy, Security, Encryption In an unexpected move for a security company, SecurEnvoy today said that cyber break-ins and advanced malware incidents, such as the recent DDoS attack by LulzSec, should actually be welcomed and their initiators applauded. The company's CTO Andy Kemshall said: "I firmly believe that the media attention LulzSec’s DDoS attack has recently received is deserving. It’s thanks to these guys, who’re exposing the blase attitudes of government and businesses without any personal financial gain, that will make a difference in the long term to the security being put in place to protect our own personal data!"
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jabbotts
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I'd suggest that DDoS vulnerability is indeed a security issue. Security is not just concerned with protecting the information in that one box. It is also concerned with protecting the system resources for legitimate use. A denial of service removes resources from legitimate users.

If your network gets flooded out by packets, you have a security mechanism failing to filter packets properly.

If your software gets crashed into a denial of service condition, you have an exploitable vulnerability in the code that needs to be addressed.

If your website takes down your webserver due to resource exhaustion through a designed website function, you have site code that needs to be addressed.

The information systems are a business resource that need to be protected in addition to the information those systems house. Denial of service demonstrates an exploitable flaw in the security of those systems.

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