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Why Your Application Security Program May Backfire
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SSCHWELGIEN441
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SSCHWELGIEN441,
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7/6/2014 | 12:07:30 PM
"shared space" philosophy versus reality
There is growing evidence that initial claims for reduced traffic sppeds and greater pedestrian safety in "shared spaces" is overstated.

See: Shared space - research, policy and problems - http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/17937/8/tran1200047h.pdf

There is evidence that pedestrians and bicyclists "feel" less safe and adopt avoidance behaviors, sometimes avoiding "shared spaces" altogether.  Many advocates for the blind and physically impaired raise strong voices against "shared spaces" as extremely dangerous places to navigate, again urging those on behalf of whom they advocate to avoid such spaces. 

Seems that "sharing" favors drivers more than pedestrians and other users.
planetlevel
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planetlevel,
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7/16/2014 | 6:08:32 PM
Re: "shared space" philosophy versus reality
True.  But the point is that even though we aren't sure they help, we do all these security activities in the name of secure code.  I'm suggesting that we need to study the effectiveness of these activities because they *could* easily be undermining overall security.  It's not science to just "do what everyone else is doing" -- that ends up with expensive programs that everyone hates (sound familiar?)
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7/11/2014 | 9:51:33 AM
Re: Why Your Application Security Program May Backfire
Nice read @JeffWilliams.  I tend to agree that the "know-do" gap of what users know versus what they do largely contributes of what you're discussing.  This begs the questions do we need to improve our security awareness programs in an effort to reduce this gap?

Well if you look at bike helmets or vehicle ABS in the context of managing security risk, perhaps this stems from how we continue to use traditional security approaches in a very different threat landscape.

Going to your comment about "Removing safety markings makes roads safer" brings me back to the idea that the use of positive security is much more effective in reducing risks in today's technology world.
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planetlevel,
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7/16/2014 | 6:05:42 PM
Re: Why Your Application Security Program May Backfire
Absolutely agree that taking a positive approach to security is easier, faster, and more accurate.  It's the key to getting continuous.


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