RE: [fw-wiz] Ok, so now we have a firewall, we're safe, right?
From: Bill McGee (bam) (bam_at_cisco.com)
To: "Mark Tinberg" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Marcus J. Ranum" <email@example.com> Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 16:03:03 -0700
This is a classic "perfect world" versus "real world" scenario. I think
Chris Blask nailed it on the head earlier when he said we have to
acknowledge (and live with) the limitations of what we have while
working to build something better. That's a challenge to be taken
individually AND as a collective.
Generally, I preach risk management rather than hard-line security,
because it is language that upper management tends to understand (even
better than ridicule and abuse, plus you tend to not get fired as often
;-)). Maximum risk reduction is always going to be a moving target, but
any reasonable security policy is based on a plan-build-analyze-improve
model that even the most curmudgeonly executives can buy into.
The biggest challenge is that we have to live with the tools (and
budgets) we have, so a holistic approach is always going to be better
than the more common approach of over-investing/over-relying on a single
box with the latest gee-whiz features. This has probably contributed to
more problems than just about anything else, IMO.
Rather than praying/whining/demanding for folks in the security industry
to "get it right," we need to start now by putting (or, in many cases,
simply turning on!) security everywhere (endpoints, gateways, servers,
appliances, routers, switches, what-have-you), get these bits-and-pieces
talking to each other whenever and wherever we can, and at the same time
ensure that our Moms can still download pictures of their grandkids
without having to call us for tech support (I, for one, would REALLY
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Mark
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 11:17 AM
To: Marcus J. Ranum
Cc: Paul D. Robertson; Fritz Ames; Ben Nagy;
Subject: Re: [fw-wiz] Ok, so now we have a firewall, we're safe, right?
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On Tue, 31 May 2005, Marcus J. Ranum wrote:
> They're sensitive to ridicule and abuse. They're impervious
> to clues.
While I appreciate the sentiment, I don't think that approach will work
for everyone. Not everyone is curmudgeonly enough or has the cojones to
enter into an adversarial relationship with their superiors. I don't
that kind of stress and tension in my life, at my work, putting out
is less stressful for me.
I'm lucky that my bosses are largely intelligent people with whom I can
discuss problems and often-times come to a better solution than what I
originally proposed. Sometimes we disagree, and my bosses are wrong
but part of my job is that when a decision is made above my pay-grade,
do what I'm told. I suppose I could quit every other month when
doesn't go my way, like a petulant child, but that doesn't seem
At least that's how I see it. I know that some people will and some
understand where I'm coming from, but I thought the statement should be
made, as an FYI, not so much as a discussion.
Mark Tinberg <MTinberg@securepipe.com>
Network Administrator, SecurePipe Inc.
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