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Re: Fwd: Rate Stratfor's Incident Response
From: Dave <mrx () propergander org uk>
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2012 20:08:14 +0000

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On 07/01/2012 23:32, Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu wrote:
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
*secure*?

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
this?"

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?

CISSP is just the beginning of security skills... Far ranging but shallow.
I considered gaining a CISSP but it only proves that I can pass an exam.
Unfortunately many courses these days only teach one to pass the exam.

Professing to be an expert whilst comparing myself to the average user may well be true.
But in all honesty I am only as good as the scenarios I have encountered and understood.

I have been playing around with computers since I got a ZX spectrum, I know an awful lot about I.T., computers and IT 
security.
I progressed from from first line support to management during my career, Yet I still consider myself a noob when I 
read what some of what the
contributors to this list have to say. Thanks for the continuing education guys/gals.

I expect senility to kick in before I consider myself some kind of guru.
The problem lies with those who consider themselves a guru after passing an exam.


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