Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Experts vs "Fresh-Look" Outsiders in Security and Beyond

A very fun article by Rich Mogul touches upon the subject of "entrenched" expert view vs a "fresh" outside view. The outsider view advantage is an intensely tempting, popular and easy-to-acquire-while-hard-to-shake IDIOCY (!). Rich further points out that ...

"In security if you think:
  • You’ve invented a new, unbreakable encryption algorythm
  • You just created a new, unbreakable defense against 0day attacks
  • You perfected any single tool, at any layer, that can stop any attack, of any kind
  • You built something to eliminate the insider threat
  • You can take a couple classes and defend a large enterprise
  • You have designed unbreakable DRM
You’re wrong."

Amen to that! :-)

Dr Anton Chuvakin