Contributed by jason on from the the-trucks-and-pipes-need-more-seat-belts dept.
David Akin counters the notion by NY Times writer John Markoff that a new Internet would solve our security problems (ed: registration req'd). Markoff explains that researchers at Stanford are working on tools to create a next generation Internet that would offer increased security in exchange for a lack of anonymity. Curiously, he provides few details (beyond IPv6) as to what solutions are proposed.
Akin's blog provides a number of common-sense counterpoints to Markoff's article. In particular he reinforces the simple fact that users are commonly the weakest link. He closes with an anecdote about a former employer that used Microsoft Server and desktop products throughout their network. A virus brought down their network for a few weeks, which leads him to ask:
If you're running a server, why wouldn't you run OpenBSD? That, my friends, is what the Pentagon uses for its mission-critical, ultra-sensitive servers. The price for that server product: Nuthin'. It's open source.
Both articles are light on technical content but serve as reminders that a) the Internet is valued for its anonymity, not in spite of it, and b) Security is a process, not a product.
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