Collocation Access

Edward Lewis Ed.Lewis at
Mon Oct 23 20:03:17 UTC 2006

>But, I always thought that the purpose of most security was psychological
>reassurance anyway...

Reacting to this and the story of just walking through the backdoor to get in -

I think there's an element of self-fulfilling prophecy here.  If the 
legitimate "power" users of the security system (i.e., the royal 
"we/us") don't take it seriously, the security system will be useless 
against the nefarious element.  It might be that the reason security 
is often so poorly implemented is that the job is often left to the 
unmotivated or the untrained (or "differently trained" - I mean in a 
good way).  Perhaps these folks realize that their tasks are scoffed 
at, further lowering their "gruntlement".  (As in "disgruntled.")

What would be different if, instead of exploiting the open back door, 
the open back door is pointed out to the folks responsible for the 
facility? I don't mean mentioning this to the security guards who may 
have interests in back doors remaining open and/or just not reported. 
Whether the door was left open on purpose or not, a guard may lose a 
job over it - if the facility management took it seriously.

(What would happen if someone actually obeyed the speed limit in the US?)

One personality trait I find strong in this community is that desire 
to be able to cut through formality and red-tape and to push 
convention aside.  This can be good for quick and productive 
innovation but at the same time detracts from the importance of the 
task at hand.

Security by its nature is not fun, not productive, a drain on 
resources and time.  Security is something we need only because there 
are bad things out there - nefarious activity, inadvertent neglect, 
design flaws, etc.  At best you have to "put up with security," don't 
expect to enjoy it.

Arguing about any policy with someone hired to follow it is not 
productive.  The hired can't do much about it, and there is no 
incentive for them to fix their job.  At worst they can lose it by 
wasting time questioning their supervisors.  Concerns about policy 
have to be raised to the level of those who can do something about it 
and have an incentive to fix it.  No one is going to lay out more 
money for no more revenue if there's no other upside to it, that has 
to be kept in mind too.

Edward Lewis                                                +1-571-434-5468

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Come in at 11am while the early birds drive out to lunch.

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