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RE: Security Industry Under Scrutiny: Part 3
From: John.Airey () rnib org uk
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 09:32:32 -0000

Dear Sockz.

You seem to have missed the diagram for your proposed solution. Without it
your post appears like just another rant, which surely it can't possibly be?

You make some sweeping statements, like a sys admin can only patch one
system. I myself patch more than one system on a regular basis. Your
statement is now null and void, since I've given a counter-example. Sorry
about that.

From what I can gather you are proposing a block on the kinds of information
that can be made public, which is on the face of it an excellent idea.
However, we live in the real world (or at least most of us do), where we
have little control over what the citizens of other countries do. There is
nothing to stop anyone setting up any kind of underground network for
passing information and exploits from any country, unless you can create
some kind of International law to prevent this. However, this law would
override the constitutional powers of most countries so is unlikely to be
passed. That is to say, neither the EU or the USA would accept any
wide-ranging restrictions on the freedom of speech. Of course, another way
to prevent this would be to dismantle the Internet which is like cutting off
your nose to spite your face (as we say here).

I find it fascinating that you would consider a different security method
from that of anything else that we use in our modern world. Unless of course
you can convince me that there are other areas that you'd like to see
restricted. The recent case of the "Washington sniper" saw more journalists
involved in the case than police, and they came very close to wrecking the
investigation. In that case, should the journalists have been restricted in
their reporting, and if so, how?

Connecting anything to the Internet is a risky business. Like all things in
life, it has its benefits and pitfalls.

John Airey, BSc (Jt Hons), CNA, RHCE
Internet systems support officer, ITCSD, Royal National Institute of the
Bakewell Road, Peterborough PE2 6XU,
Tel.: +44 (0) 1733 375299 Fax: +44 (0) 1733 370848 John.Airey () rnib org uk 

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