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Nine Years Later, IT Security Is Even More Important To Business
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macker490
macker490,
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5/4/2015 | 7:31:23 AM
Value in Balance
it is well to write about the value of security.  

but on the other side of the balance are values desired by commercial interests: accessibility of customer data; ease of use; compatibility.

commercial interests have habitually written off the cost of hacking as "part of the cost of doing business". "Twenty cents per $100? --meh"

recently though the costs seem to be getting heavier as the hacking business has gone commercial on the DarkNet.   Today hackers suck down customer cards, business bank balances, and business good name and reputation as well as customer good will in their hack attacks

at some point, when the write-off is no longer acceptable,  the balance will need to be re-evaluated

security isn't something that can be managed selectively.   you either implement it -- or just talk about it.
RetiredUser
RetiredUser,
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5/3/2015 | 1:08:46 PM
Loyal Since Day 1
Though not a security professional (I'm a build and release engineer) I knew early on in my career that security knowledge was going to be essential in my day-to-day activities.  To work in a bubble and assume someone else is taking care of securing the environment in which my code is written, built and released is like leaving my doors and windows unlocked because I live in a gated community.  

What I have appreciated about DarkReading is that the format of the site and articles is such that anyone, security professional or enhtusiast, or novice from another discipline, can quickly find information they are looking for, read and absorb it with takeaway that is of use.  Though a reader of many other security ezines and exploit DB sites, I frequent DarkReading which manages to maintain a professional presence while still delivering content through BlackHat of interest to the underground.  DR stands apart from the rest.

Additionally, the regular presence of industry experts and known players in the article bylines say something about the quality of the pieces, and about this DarkReading community that has formed over almost a decade of evolution.  The tie-in to BlackHat and the enthusiasm of that community also has provided me personally with an outlet for expressing ideas and also given me inspiration to try new things in my personal projects that I would never have considered.  

Kudos, DarkReading!  Here's to 10 years and decades more of documenting, teaching and hopefully evolving the information security industry.


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