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Counseling not to use Windows (was Re: Ano
From: full-disclosure () lists netsys com (Chris L. Mason)
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 09:32:45 -0400

On Mon, Jul 15, 2002 at 10:19:30AM +1200, Nick FitzGerald wrote:

I agree with all of the above.

My point was, on lists like this, if someone is using Windows or some
especially distasteful Windows network client software they are most
likely doing so either because, as in my case, they have chosen to
after weighing the various pros and cons of that decision or because
"they have to" (being under one of those aforementioned "stupid"
policy restrictions that requires all desktops to conform to a
limited sense of "corporate normality").  Telling such people to drop
their carefully chosen or enforced environment means you are more 
likely to be ignored as being "out of touch" or some such.

My comment about unprofessionalism was limited to a specific setting. 
Suggesting a "spot fix" that a nanosecond's consideration shows is 
likely to be policy violating in many corporate IT environments will 
have one branded "unthinking" at best and quite likely 
"unprofessional".  Making the same suggestion when asked for 
professional advice is not unprofessional (at least, so long as the 
rest of the "structural chenges" such as altering local security 
policies to accomodate the suggested changes, etc are also covered in 
that advice).

Well, that's what I get for making such a short comment.  :)

Anyway, let me try to be more clear.  The many holes in clients such as
Internet Explorer and Outlook have been made clear over and over again for
many years now.  The insecurity of these products is not news.

Companies who were dependant on these programs, or who had policies
referring to them, have had years now to plan a migration away from them
to other tools, and to write new policies.  There should never have been
any need for a "spot fix."

However, there's no point in saying "I told you so" either.  So, while
it's unfortunate that these products are still so widely used, it not too
late.  Companies can still make the necessary decisions and more forward
to ensure a more secure and productive environment.

My post was intended as a simple reminder that even if you've been banging
your head against the wall for years, it's never too late to stop.  :)


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