[fw-wiz] Ethics, morality and the industry
From: Paul D. Robertson (paul_at_compuwar.net)
To: email@example.com Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 11:58:48 -0400 (EDT)
This year's CSI conference features the self-advancing "Catch me if you
can" guy, Frank Abagnale as a keynote speaker.
Because of this, one of my co-workers, Bill Murray, has withdrawn from
speaking, as has Howard Schmidt with the "people who commit felonies
shouldn't profit from the results of their nefarious deeds, let
alone be sponsored by the security industry" train of thought.
Bill's done the same before with a different organization advancing Kevin
Mitnick in the past. Personally, I think it's fantastic that there are
still people in this world who are willing to take the moral high ground,
and hold it.
There's an interesting blurry line between doing things for good, and
doing things that may be good or bad. Hence I've mixed emotions about
people putting together tools that really tend to have more value to the
masses of bad guys than they do to the good guys. We know tunneling is
bad, we know it's an issue, and we don't need more tunnels to prove it-
let alone ones that are script-kiddie enabled to go through the
perimeter. Maybe there's a grouping of "definitely good people,
definitely bad people and sorta mixed in the middle" that I keep in my
mind- certainly, I try to associate with "definitely good people." Maybe
it's time I hung up a "Please don't feed the script kiddies" sign?
Anyway, I just figured I'd hop up on the soapbox and tip my hat to Bill
Murray and Howard Schmidt. Keeping your moral compass pointing in the
right direction is a good thing. We're an industry built on trust and
ethics, and even if you don't particularly agree with someone's morality,
it's not a bad thing to respect that they'll hold their ethics- it's easy
to be ethical when nothing's on the line, the test is when you stand to
Mostly, I just wanted to publicly voice my support for
these gentlemen's actions, which to me speak much louder than words.
Paul D. Robertson "My statements in this message are personal opinions
firstname.lastname@example.org which may have no basis whatsoever in fact."
email@example.com Director of Risk Assessment TruSecure Corporation
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