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Time To Turn The Tables On Attackers
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macker490
macker490,
User Rank: Ninja
11/20/2014 | 7:31:48 AM
Re: Two things,--
look up the meaning of "apoplectic" : Extremely angry; furious:

="the "NSA was apoplectic."

this explains why this critical technology has been diluted (x.509)  and is not well understood.     This needs to change.
macker490
macker490,
User Rank: Ninja
11/20/2014 | 7:27:17 AM
Two things,--
two things need to happen:

(1) use a secure operating system

(2) insist on authentication of transmittals


a Secure O/S will not allow itself to be modified by activity of an application program.

authentication is something that each user needs to be involved in: each of us needs to vett the x.509 certificates we want to trust and each of us needs to learn how to authenticate transmittals and then make a practice of insisting on authentication.

the need and method for authentication has been established since the '70s:

see: https://medium.com/stanford-select/keeping-secrets-84a7697bf89f

EXCERPT

A year earlier, Hellman had published "New Directions in Cryptography" with his student Whitfield Diffie, Gr. '78. The paper introduced the principles that now form the basis for all modern cryptography, and its publication rightfully caused a stir among electrical engineers and computer scientists. As Hellman recalled in a 2004 oral history, the nonmilitary community's reaction to the paper was "ecstatic." In contrast, the "NSA was apoplectic."
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
11/16/2014 | 1:58:51 PM
Re: It's time to wake up.
The vision sounds great to me. But I'm wondering how, as a competitive industry, will security vendors unite to deliver that vision to their customers.
gmerriman112
gmerriman112,
User Rank: Strategist
11/15/2014 | 6:37:44 AM
It's time to wake up.
"In the years since we've been faced with the reality that as an industry we've reached a point of catastrophic failure."

It's nice to see someone state the ugly truth. I've been saying this for a while now, but most folks I talk to think I'm being alarmist. They think that we will all muddle through somehow.

Yet the pace of serious breaches quickens with every passing month. Most disturbing to me is that so many of these incidents are the result of bone-headed blunders by folks who are getting paid to know better. Also disturbing are the complaints from folks who do know better that their managers are unwilling to make the necessary investment to improve the situation.

I'm not a security expert; I don't have a solution to the problem. I can only hope that the folks who are in a position to do something will wake up before it is too late.
RetiredUser
RetiredUser,
User Rank: Ninja
11/13/2014 | 6:25:18 PM
FOSS Access to RSA Innovation
I completely agree with your vision and I feel this is a great step in the right direction.  One of the best ways to innovate across an industry is to share knowledge, make APIs available and demonstrate solid functionality across platforms.  I hope that part of this initiative includes a deeper relationship with the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities.  One reason is that, because FOSS is so "cheap" many start-ups and established companies use it in an Enterprise setting.  However, this is not always the most secure way to operate, especially for IT shops using FOSS that aren't well-versed in security and haven't done all they can do to tighten access to their digital assets.  This doesn't necessarily mean free up all your source, and make "free" your tools; rather, developing that tight relationship with one of the most influential technical bodies in the Enterprise (FOSS) can mean better code coverage (even if the source isn't open, the FOSS community can be hard on new tools and technologies, often revealing vulnerabilities before any other group), and when the relationship is a good one, FOSS users might be more willing to spend money on a solution than simply roll out a free one.


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