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Re: What could have been done differently?

  • From: E.B. Dreger
  • Date: Tue Jan 28 07:44:27 2003

SD> Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 03:10:18 -0500 (EST)
SD> From: Sean Donelan

[ snip firewalls, audits, et cetera ]

As most people on this list hopefully know, security is a
process... not a product.  Tools are useless if they are not
applied properly.

SD> Are there practical answers that actually work in the real
SD> world with real users and real business needs?

It depends.  If "real business needs" means management ego gets
in the way of letting talented staff do their jobs, having to
form a committee to conduct a feasibility study re whether to
apply a one-hour patch that closes a critical hole, drooling
over paper certs... the answer is no.

Automobiles require periodic maintenance.  Household appliances
require repair from time to time.  People get sick and require
medicine.  Reality is that people need to deal with the need for
proper systems administration.

It might not be exciting or make people feel good, but it's
necessary.  Failure has consequences.  Inactivity is a vote cast
for "it's worth the risk".

Sure, worm authors are to blame for their creations.  Software
developers are to blame for bugs.  Admins are to blame for lack
of administration.  The question is who should take what share,
and absorb the pain when something like this occurs.

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