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Re: [Full-disclosure] Off topic rant to my friends
From: James Tucker (jftuckergmail.com)
Date: Thu Jun 09 2005 - 16:01:16 CDT
Quite right too, and IMO it is not completely off topic. I might point
out that (certainly on windows platforms) teaching users the F1 key is
also a damn good start, as the modern documentation is now quite
On 6/5/05, Randall M <randallmfidmail.com> wrote:
> Sorry to rant to this list. This list though has the only people on it who
> totally understand this ranting.
> Every morning before heading for work I read all my security alert emails
> and website collections about possible Trojans, worms and viruses found.
> Being a faithful worker I do this on the Weekends too.
> Once at work I check my web appliances, gateway, Exchange boxes and data
> servers for dat updates and check log files. I spend the first two-three
> hours of my work day doing this every day.
> Why do I do this? I do it to protect my company's investment. To ensure that
> the employee's have a job that day. To make sure that customers will have on
> time delivery and so new customers can make orders, etc., etc.
> Today I read this article:
> For some reason, maybe the coffee, I sat there thinking what the hell am I
> doing all this for? Am I being paid by my company to set up and protect only
> for some future use as a botnet for some organized crime boss!!
> I continually spend time, money and research on ways to protect. All of my
> mechanisms I use are actually as helpless as I am!! It's the blind leading
> the blind!!
> Then, like a message from God, a memory of a phone call from one of our
> users came to me:
> "Hey, I received this email about my account being suspended for security
> reasons, I immediately deleted it but just wanted to let you know".
> My small employee awareness program was slowly paying off. A year ago that
> same phone call would have been the "I think I did something bad" type. I
> now realize that my investments and my time have been spent MORE in the
> wrong place. I'm turning that around and heading back to the user. They are
> MY PROACTIVE, PREEMPTIVE protection!! I am no longer depending on the
> Anti-Virus dats or the front-end Appliances or the Gateways because a simple
> "Click" by the user makes them all useless. And it looks as though I can't
> depend on them to keep that "click" opportunity from the user.
> Praise be to God for the User! They are powerful! They are trainable! They
> are my BEST defense!
> There. I fell better now.
> thank you
> Randall M
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