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Proxy Firewall Inventor Outlines "6 Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security"

Marcus Ranum: "Computer Security is a Field that has Fallen Far Too Deeply in Love with the Whizzbang-of-the-Week"

"Computer security is a field that has fallen far too deeply in love with the whizzbang-of-the-week," writes world-renowned security expert Marcus Ranum (pictures), in an editorial that's being much discussed this morning on the web, in which Ranum lists (in descending order of the most-frequently seen) what he terms "The 6 Dumbest ideas in Computer Security."

"I've tried to keep this light-hearted," Ranum notes, "but my message is serious."

His "6 Dumbest Ideas," which he originally identified and categorized a year ago, are in summary:

  1. Default Permit
    Ranum comments: "Systems based on "Default Permit" are the computer security equivalent of empty calories: tasty, yet fattening."
  2. Enumerating Badness
    Ranum comments: "It's a dumb idea because sometime around 1992 the amount of Badness in the Internet began to vastly outweigh the amount of Goodness."
  3. Penetrate and Patch
    Ranum comments: "[This] is the primary dumb idea behind the current fad (which has been going on for about 10 years) of vulnerability disclosure and patch updates."
  4. Hacking is Cool
    Ranum comments: "Wouldn't it be more sensible to learn how to design security systems that are hack-proof than to learn how to identify security systems that are dumb?
  5. Educating Users
    Ranum comments: "My prediction is that in 10 years users that need education will be out of the high-tech workforce entirely."
  6. Action is Better Than Inaction
    Ranum coments: "I've noticed that dramatically fewer of the "early adopters" build successful, secure, mission-critical systems."
"If you can avoid falling into the the trap of the first three," adds Ranum, who is recognized as the inventor of the proxy firewall, "you're among the few true computer security elite."

 

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