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Crowdsourcing & Cyber Security: Who Do You Trust?
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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
6/24/2014 | 3:57:35 PM
Good overview on pluses & minuses of crowdsourcing cyber security
Nice blog, Bob. I wonder if you'd care to expand on which "hows" you mention present th greatest challenges for crowdsourcing security. They also sound quite formidable to me! 
RetiredUser
RetiredUser,
User Rank: Ninja
6/25/2014 | 1:38:34 AM
From FOSS Came Crowdsourcing
Well, maybe crowdsourcing wasn't strictly borne from the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities, but it's improved because of them, I believe. I also believe strongly in this model, and I would argue that all along, hackers have been doing this, albeit some on the cyber crime side of things. Often the "everyman" of the enterprise community needs to evolve to think more like the dark side. I wouldn't say that crowdsourcing is beating the enemy because it is a superior methodology to what the hacker and cracker communities (yes, and old ones, at that) are doing, but rather it is moving computer internet security forward because the enterprise is finally catching up with the enemy.

As systems, component applications, their source code and vulnerabilities become more "open" (apologies to Richard Stallman for using the "o" word), everyone is empowered through the ability to make improvements, fix vulnerabilities and share the burden across the community.  One of the killers of the old guard of enterprise models was that everything was closed off, and while each IT silo was on its own, crackers and hackers the world over were sharing tech, exploits and trading anecdotes, strengthening the community and making it more deadly.

About time we got on board and evolved to their level.
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
6/29/2014 | 5:58:02 PM
Re: From FOSS Came Crowdsourcing
I agree with you and have alluded to many of the same principles in another article posted. A higher emphasis needs to be put on penetration testing from a party that does not have malicious intent. Many of the security safeguards today are preventative or corrective meaning that they are both to some capacity reactive.

As you say, we need to think like the "dark side" and try to uncover threats and new intrusion methodologies before users of malicious intent do. This is one of the only ways I can see us alleviating some of the potential dangers of zero days.


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