Fwd: cnn.com - Homeland Security seeks cyber counterattack system(Einstein 3.0)

Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu
Tue Oct 7 13:59:33 CDT 2008


On Tue, 07 Oct 2008 13:23:20 CDT, "J. Oquendo" said:

> Contractors should be held accountable for breaches in an
> infrastructure. Before awarding a contract, I would do my best
> to have the wording changed from "minimum requirements" to
> securest implementation. Whether this securest implementation
> took 5 new engineers to give a closer review, so be it.

You don't want "the securest implementation".  You want one that's
"secure enough" while still allowing the job to get done.  You also don't
want to be *paying* for more security than you actually need.  Note that
the higher price paid to the vendor isn't the only added cost of too much
security.

(Consider - the *securest* firewall is a true airgap, where files are
dropped on one side, and then must be manually vetted, copied to media,
and physically transferred to the other side.  Feel free to try to deploy
a webserver in that environment - on *either* side of the airgap....)
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