Tag: Security

10 Immutable Laws of Security

Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it’s not your computer anymore

Law #2: If a bad guy can alter the operating system on your computer, it’s not your computer anymore

Law #3: If a bad guy has unrestricted physical access to your computer, it’s not your computer anymore

Law #4: If you allow a bad guy to upload programs to your website, it’s not your website any more

Law #5: Weak passwords trump strong security

Law #6: A computer is only as secure as the administrator is trustworthy

Law #7: Encrypted data is only as secure as the decryption key

Law #8: An out of date virus scanner is only marginally better than no virus scanner at all

Law #9: Absolute anonymity isn’t practical, in real life or on the Web

Law #10: Technology is not a panacea

Source: 10 Immutable Laws of Security

Symantec’s Omnipresence

According to a CNET article, Symantec has just aquired TurnTide. (TurnTide is a Pennsylvania based company that specializes in filtering out unwanted mail at the router level.)

In May, Symantec acquired BrightMail, a company that sold software to fight spam. Other aquisitions include PowerQuest, On Technoglogy, Safeweb, Nexland, Recourse Technologies,
Riptech, Security Focus, Mountain Wave, AXENT, 20/20 Software, L-3 Network Security, URLabs, Quarterdeck, Binary Research (Ghost).

Is Symantec proliferating your network?