Dr. InfoSec's Quotes of the Week (005)

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Christophe Veltsos


The Internet Never Forgets

"The fact that the Internet never seems to forget is threatening, at an almost existential level, our ability to control our identities; to preserve the option of reinventing ourselves and starting anew; to overcome our checkered pasts."  -- Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University

On Attacks

"[The attacks] may be originating from the outside, but we [employees] are doing all we can to help them in. If it is a targeted attack, that is going to be problematic. The vast majority of malware is customized every day, and so signature-based solutions are of limited use." -- Alex Hutton, principal on research and intelligence for the Verizon Business RISK team

On a New IT Reality

"It's a reality most people charged with safeguarding IT systems recognize but don't like: Their systems will be breached. And, it's a fact of life that information security professionals must deal with." -- Src: Living with IT Security Breaches


"A lot of people will buy one [security] product and expect it to do everything -- and it doesn't. In the past, you could rely on your AV product to catch everything, but it can't anymore. " -- Alex Eckelberry, General Manager of GFI

On Governance

"In the past, companies made it clear that you are on their network and, if you do anything bad, you will be kicked off. Today there are companies out there that say, 'Here's $2,000 -- go buy whatever you want, and the IT department will secure it." -- Alex Eckelberry, General Manager of GFI

Online Privacy

"Tiny pieces of disparate data are being mashed together to create a digital profile of you in detail you never thought imaginable. Whether you stay up late at night or have ever complained about a company could affect your employability. Whether you have expensive spending habits may affect if someone will invest in your company or date you." -- Michael Fertik, ReputationDefender

SmartPhone Hacking

"Eventually, virus writers will realize it is easier to make money by infecting phones than it is by infecting computers... And, of course, there are more phones on this planet than there are computers." -- Mikko H. Hyppönen, F-Secure Chief Resource Officer

Cross-posted from Dr. Infosec

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