Re: [fw-wiz] Benefit of firewall over NAT-only 'protected' network
From: Chuck Swiger (chuck_at_codefab.com)
To: email@example.com Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 17:38:33 -0400
Frank Knobbe <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> We should start treating the Internet like the (or an) environment
> (well... which is actually is one, isn't it?). Let's reduce our amount
> of data/traffic pollution... not for the Internet's sake, but for the
> sake of our Internet neighbors.
> Perhaps we need to start thinking in less selfish terms. When designing
> firewall policies, we need to keep not only our own security in mind,
> but also that our of fellow Internet users. At least, be aware that you
> are sending data out in return for receiving data in...
There is nothing wrong with being selfish. People should determine what they
feel is in their own self-interest, and work towards their own goals, without
any apologies or guilt. It's often possible to act purely out of self-interest
yet perform actions which benefit others as well as just yourself. Given the
choice, I prefer to be in situations where what I would do for my own selfish
benefit is the same as or similar to what I would do for the benefit of others.
By looking for those situations, and by looking to work with other people who
are honest about what they want, you can at least reduce the level of bullshit
immediately around you. Sometimes, at least on a good day, you might even find
that the team can work together more effectively by acknowledging private and
well as shared goals.
The bad things we associate with "being selfish" really have more to do with
people who aren't willing to admit acting for themselves. Some go to great
lengths to conceal the benefits they receive from actions supposedly taken on
the behalf of others or for "the public good". Fortunately, it tends to be easy
to recognize people who make a habit of this form of deception, once you know to
look for it.
The next time you find yourself with a bit of skepticism about a situation, go
up to one of the players and flat out ask 'em what it is that they hope to gain
for themselves. If they aren't willing to look you in the eyes and answer-- if
they stutter and stall, if they evade the question or pretend that what you
asked doesn't make sense-- watch out.
-- -Chuck _______________________________________________ firewall-wizards mailing list email@example.com http://honor.icsalabs.com/mailman/listinfo/firewall-wizards