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Re: Fwd: Rate Stratfor's Incident Response
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 02:21:20 -0500

On Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:18:40 CST, Laurelai said:

real opportunities for a career and they are often right. Microsoft
hired some kid who hacked their network, it is a safe bet he isn't going
to be causing any trouble anymore.

How safe a bet, exactly?  Safe enough to bet your business on it? Microsoft has
$40B in cash handy to survive on if something goes wrong.  What's *your* Plan B
if the kid you hired blabs about his gig and one of his buddies rapes your net using
the credentials you gave the kid to do the pen test?

                                                    Talking about the trust issue, who
would you trust more the person who has all the certs and experience
that told you your network was safe or the 14 year old who proved him
wrong?

A really clever guy by the name of Edsgar Dyjkstra once said "Testing can prove
the presence of bugs, but not their absence".  If you're getting a pen test
done by somebody who says your network is safe, you're being ripped off. First,
all networks have holes - if the pen tester comes up empty, it doesn't mean
your net is secure, it means finding the holes needs somebody with better
skills. Second, any pen tester who says "the net is safe" is a rip-off artist.
At best, they can say "we did not find any of the following vulnerabilities we
tested for. There may be vulnerabilities present that we were unable to find
under the rules of engagement, which limit the scope and total time and money
spent".

Also, It's not just about who do you trust more to find the holes, it's who you
trust to be professional while they do it.

Or the "put your money where your mouth is (literally)" version - which one
would you rather have working for your bank when they find a security hole that
allows them access to your checking account?

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