Computer Security is Broken Bad

Computer Security is Broken Bad

The challenges for those involved in IT security may have never been greater.–PC Pitstop

By Stu Sjouwerman, for Security Awareness Training

With the TV show Breaking Bad in its last season, this seems to be a fun title. However, the topic is not all that much fun. You should realize it’s not a question of when you will be compromised. It is a question of when you will discover you have been compromised. That means IT security is really about if you can detect, respond and quickly resolve compromises. It is actually a safe bet to assume that your network is already owned, you just don’t know about it (yet).

To protect your network against monitoring by either foreign attackers or rogue agencies in your own country, you are going to need a top-down security culture, and not rely on just your run-of-the-mill IT security hardware and software. For instance, you’re going to have to have a serious look at wall-to-wall encryption. It is tough to get your wits wrapped around the fact that highly likely each of your IT security software and hardware appliances all have dozens and possibly hundreds of vulnerabilities that some people know about and can exploit.

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2 thoughts on “Computer Security is Broken Bad”

  1. People hacking into my computer are breaking and entering into my private property. If they did this in person (or had the guts to try), I would conclude they were threatening my and my loved one's lives — and they'd die on the premises. They have one thing right in Arab cultures — thievery is punished by removing the right hand. If we did that for this "innocent sport" of hacking and identity theft (emphasis on the word "therft!" we'd have a hell of a lot less of this stuff.

    1. I agree 100%, But if we did what the Chimpanzee does to the unwanted ? Cut the toes fingers and lips off.= can’t get there can’t grab can’t speak sht about it…

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