I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of security as a feature. Here’s what I’ve decided: Security does not sell.* *except when you are selling security products. Yes, security is important. Public security failures or injury lawsuits can evaporate profits. Unfortunately, security doesn’t win in the marketplace.
This week’s recommended reading: Bruce Schneier has pointed out three extremely thought provoking rants on security. I especially love the rant that points out companies are spending billions on security and getting beat by people who can’t spell. Incidentally, if you care about computer security and do not read Bruce’s blog, I strongly recommend that you […]
There’s been a lot of discussion of secrets this week. First, we have state secrets and WikiLeaks. Second, we have Theo de Raadt exposing that the FBI may have paid programmers to put a backdoor in OpenBSD’s IPSEC stack. The programmers involved deny de Raadt’s allegations but a former FBI agent has verified the story. […]
The whole WikiLeaks.com situation is getting old. Our government’s response is predictable, understandable, but 100% wrong. Freedom of the press and freedom of speech don’t go away just because you have computers, massive quantities of information and the words “top secret” are involved. We, the people have the right to discuss our National Dirty Laundry. […]