Dr. InfoSec's Quotes of the Week (012)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Christophe Veltsos

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RSA on Patching

"Unlike IT systems, users cannot be patched and will always be vulnerable to manipulation and infection..." -- Uri Rivner, head of new technologies, identity protection and verification at RSA

On the Smart Grid

"The more proliferation there is of intelligent metering and energy usage, the more opportunities there are for attackers..." -- Heath Thompson, CTO at metering company Landis+Gyr

Sykes on Communication

"The security of corporate information will stand or fall by the ability of the organisation’s various functions to communicate clearly and effectively with one another. It takes all teams to sustain a meaningful dialogue, so a change in mindset is needed from all sides..." -- Richard Sykes, PwC Governance Risk and Compliance Leader

On the Need for a Security Collective

"Just as when an individual who is not vaccinated puts others' health at risk, computers that are not protected or have been compromised with a bot put others at risk and pose a greater threat to society. Simply put, we need to improve and maintain the health of consumer devices connected to the Internet in order to avoid greater societal risk..."  -- Scott Charney, Corporate VP of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft

On Security Hampering Productibity

"The blade guard on my power saw hampers my productivity in cutting wood, but chopping off my hand or even just a few fingers tends to also have an impact on my productivity. That said, there are a lot of very, very silly URL blocking and email policies in place out there that *do* impact productivity, *don't* increase security and *do* encourage users to bypass IT systems..."  -- John Pescatore, VP Gartner Inc.

On Stuxnet-like Weapons

"A cyberweapon like Stuxnet threatens nation-states much more than it threatens a non-state actor that could deploy it in the future. In short, like every other major new weapons system introduced since the slingshot, Stuxnet creates new strengths as well as new vulnerabilities for the states that may wield it..."  -- Caroline B. Glick, writing for The Jerusalem Post

Cross-posted from Dr. Infosec

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