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Cybersecurity's Lament: There Are No Cooks in Space
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7/25/2020 | 10:16:25 AM
Very flawed analogy
I understand the point of your article, but you start off with an extremely flawed analogy.  The cybersecurity professionals aren't like the cook on the station.  The cybersecurity staff are more akin to the key staff in mission control, helping to ensure that the astronauts stay alive and healthy.  And last time I check, there isn't any single space mission that doesn't have ground support staff (spoken as someone who has actually worked at NASA in the past).  All that said, having everyone be responsible for cybersecurity is critical for it to be a successful program.  If those on the front lines aren't doing their part, there is little the professionals can do to keep them secure.  One has only to look at all the careless things that those on the front lines due every day that cause the security lapses we see, from not security cloud services, to checking credentials into public code repositories.  When left to their own without proper checks and balances, they will always error on the side of expediency.  And that is just what those looking to steal our data are counting on.

So no, cybersecurity's lament isn't that there are no cooks in space.  It's that those in space think that they are infallible and are above thone who help keep them alive while they are in space.  (my apologies to all astronauts, it wasn't my analogy and I'm certain that you all are very appreciative of the work done by those that enable you to go into space and come home safely).

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