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Re: Fwd: Rate Stratfor's Incident Response
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012 18:32:50 -0500
On Sat, 07 Jan 2012 17:03:09 CST, Laurelai said:
Perhaps these companies should try to hire the kids owning them instead
of crying to the feds.
Most of the kids are skript kiddies, and don't really understand the *defense*
end of the security business very well. Sure, some may be better than skript
kiddies, and may be *incredible* at finding a memory overlay or an SQL
injection, but do they know how to *secure* against *everything*?
Does that kid know anything about "continuity of operations"? How to negotiate
with network providers to guarantee diverse cable paths? How to set up proper
audit trails so they can figure out what happened after the fact? How to deal
with physical security issues (how do you know the guy at the door works for
Oracle, and who empties your trash?) How to deal with a subpoena or a "hold
evidence" order? How to secure systems against insider threats and
embezzlement (still a big problem, even if hackers get more news time)? How to
ensure proper backups get done (this can be very non-trivial if you have
multiple petabytes of storage, and need to do point-in-time recoveries)? How to
do all the other things involved in actually making a data processing facility
For all the flak the CISSP gets, it's *still* worthwhile to wander over and
take a quick peek at *all* the subject areas it covers (18 if I remember
right), and then ask yourself "How much does the average kiddie know about all
And there's another little problem: If you had a store, and somebody robbed
you at gunpoint, would you feel good about offering them a job because they
obviously need the money? Or would you tend to avoid that person as an
employee, because they've already proven they don't want to follow the rules?
And even if you're willing to give a felon another shot, what do you say to the
other employees when they say "You hired WHO? That guy shot Fred in the knee,
I'm outta here".
And why should your answer be any different just because the attack involved a
computer rather than a 9mm?
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