Dr. InfoSec's Quotes of the Week (014)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Christophe Veltsos


On IT Risks

"With insurance actuaries, the data stays the same. In IT security, nothing stays the same..." -- Chris Petch, Senior Research Analyst at the Information Security Forum

On Big Brother's Little Brother

"In the past we only worried about Big Brother governments assembling detailed dossiers about us. Then came what privacy advocates called Little Brother – corporations that collect data from their customers..." -- Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

In Defense of FUD

"If you think buying anything, whether physical or metaphysical, can completely relieve you of fear, uncertainty, and doubt, you are naïve. People don’t work that way, and we shouldn’t. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt, at reasonable levels, keep us alive, and alert. I am not a proponent of crippling fear any more than I am a fan of naïve confidence, but a little bit of discomfort and uncertainty can drive us to question our preparedness, and rethink the challenges we face. And that is healthy..." -- Jack Daniel, Information Security Curmudgeon & Community Development Manager for Astaro

Amoroso on Security via Diversity

"Serious attacks are not stopped by running an anti-virus program, they are not stopped by having people change passwords, they are not stopped by firewalls, they are stopped by other means….The first and foremost thing is that diversity is good….From a network and systems perspective, I get a lot of sleep at night when there is an attack on an IP-based system knowing that it is not going anywhere near our TDM circuit-switched infrastructure; they are just separate. The technologies are different, the systems are different, and they are non-interoperable..." -- Edward Amoroso, Chief Security Officer at AT&T, author of Cyber Attacks: Protecting National Infrastructure

On Facebook & Privacy

"The computer -- especially with sites like Facebook -- is now a virtual front door to your house allowing people access to your personal information. You deserve to look through the peep hole and decide who you are letting in..." -- US House Representative Joe Barton (Texas)

Cross-posted from Dr. Infosec

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