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HardenStance
HardenStance,
User Rank: Strategist
2/13/2017 | 12:51:07 PM
"Ridiculously simple"

Nice write-up, Terry.

Your term "ridiculously simple" about the Mobile Assault Fix is a more important one than some of us would want to acknowledge, I think.

I agree that for a lot of business travel, temporary suspension of access to some data or some apps while traveling need only be a small price to pay relative to the threat of a serious breach. In the consumer space, the potential risk posed by insecure Internet-enabled toasters and Internet-enabled toothbrushes outweighs the value these things can possibly generate by so many times, it's not even funny. 

Engineers and computer scientists tend to have a "yes we can" mentality to using technology to solve human problems. Without it, horses would still be our main mode of travel and the abacus would still be our main tool for supporting mathematical calculations.

But as we zero-in on making security much more of a priority in light of what adversaries are capable of now, we as business people, consumers, IT and cyber security professionals have to get better at picking our battles.

There will always be lots of use cases in cyber security where we have no choice but to engage in pitched battles against our opponents, facing off with the very latest in cutting edge technology. No quarter asked - and none given. Sometimes with no spending limit either.

But there are also some cyber security battles that are just not worth fighting - engaging in them  actually plays right into the hands of adversaries.

We've got to be better served by more of us being willing to  embrace the full end to end gamut of high tech and low tech cyber security options that are available to us, if only we'd pause to seriously consider them all.

That has to be better than automatically rising to the challenge - or the bait - each and every time.

 

T Sweeney
T Sweeney,
User Rank: Moderator
2/13/2017 | 4:12:16 PM
Re: "Ridiculously simple"
Thanks for your comment, HardenStance. There really is very little in information security that is easy or simple, and my "ridiculously simple" characterization was a bit glib. You made several good points, from the threat of the IoT to the need to pick our security battles/priorities carefully. I view the Mobile Assault strategy as a smart way to reduce headaches cut down on headaches for everyone.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
2/17/2017 | 6:46:42 PM
Re: "Ridiculously simple"
> we as business people, consumers, IT and cyber security professionals have to get better at picking our battles.

This goes to my consulting philosophy as well.  Increasingly, data security, data privacy, and data compliance are three very different Venn diagram circles with but modest overlaps.  More problematically, however, these three interests sometimes downright conflict with each other!

Ultimately, it's about data stewardship as a whole.  Or, in other words, basic risk management.


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