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Setting Security Professionals Up For Success
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mattsvensson
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mattsvensson,
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4/24/2015 | 10:16:26 AM
Re: excellent essay
I agree with all, except the second part of point 1.

I do not believe an OS can fully protect a user from every compromise, similar to how a firewall/IPS cannot protect a network from intrusion and anti-virus will not stop malware.  We are dealing with such complex systems that, while there is a LOT of room for improvement (limiting admin control, required password prompts for app installs, white listing software, etc), attack methods will continue to evolve and will find ways around the walls we setup.
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macker490,
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4/20/2015 | 8:03:54 AM
excellent essay
"Planning for Success" -- is one of theose concepts civilians often miss.    after 30 years in the MIARNG though I must say I definitely advocate the concept

the starting point is to have effective tools and then add the training for personnel to make both the personnel and the tools effective

in the security field there are two main elements in tools and training that are in desperate need of attention

(1) secure operating software is REQUIRED.   A secure operating system will NOT allow itsself to be compromised by the activity of an application program.

(2) AUTHENTICATION is REQUIRED for ALL data transmittals: software updates, eMail, 1040s, Medical Records,-- all transmittals must be authenticated.    the software is available and proven: public key encryption either as Symantec/PGP or Gnu Privacy Guard.

and NO: it is not "too hard for people to use".   its one of two important things we need to start using : a training issue.


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