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The Case for Crowdsourcing Security Buying Decisions
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6/30/2017 | 11:55:59 AM
Crowdsourcing and Open Sourcing Security
You don't have to convince me.  Coming from the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) world, I'm all about open and accessible metrics, code transparency, peer collaboration and "show me the code" clarity.  But in drawing that comparison I can say right away that there will be huge hurdles.  It took a long time for FOSS to be ubiquitous to where the average computer user knew what GNU/Linux was, or could name more than one of the top 10 popular FOSS languages.  As another DR reader noted, PGP has been around a long time, and we FOSSers have been doing "security" for decades.  But that's us.  The practice of secure coding and global collaborative development has been fairly steady and flat out works.

It would be nice to see a stab at the solutions, though.  You nailed the reasons why we aren't there yet when it comes to security for the average user as developed, support and delivered by the "megacorps", let alone Enterprise security.  Could the answer be somewhere in the FOSS story, I wonder?

 

 
josh@idrra.com
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6/30/2017 | 12:05:56 PM
Re: Crowdsourcing and Open Sourcing Security
Thank you, Christian, great comment.  Very much appreciate your thoughts on this.  I have some ideas here -- please feel free to reach out to me privately, and I'd be happy to discuss further.
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7/3/2017 | 2:00:45 PM
What about IT Central Station?
Totally agree with the article on the need. Bootstrapping a new two-sided marketplace for sharing information can be a hard problem to solve in a scalable fashion.

I did come across IT Central Station two years ago, but the information on the site was pretty thin on the ground, as was the catalog of products covered. I'm not sure if it's gotten better.

Anyone have any experience with IT Central Station?
Joe Stanganelli
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7/6/2017 | 12:33:33 PM
Humans as "early-warning systems"
As things stand now, when humans are your "early-warning system," it's generally already too late.

Thus, getting people involved in these ways early, before something goes *way* wrong (so wrong that they would seek IT/InfoSec teams out on their own), can be immeasurably helpful. I absolutely agree with the notion that "more eyes" can help here from a practical point of view.

Of course, just don't go overboard with it. Invite input, bear in mind that all users are stakeholders, but know where the buck stops.
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7/6/2017 | 12:54:02 PM
Re: What about IT Central Station?
Thank you for the comment.  I have a few ideas here.  If you would like to reach out to me privately, I would be happy to discuss further.
josh@idrra.com
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7/6/2017 | 12:56:13 PM
Re: Humans as "early-warning systems"
Interesting perspective - thank you Joe.


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