• Subject: Re: Rewarding challenge AS/400...
  • From: Chuck Lewis <clewis@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 12:01:41 +0100

Boy is THAT for sure !!!

I remember a number of years back, one of the news shows doing a deal about car
thefts and they were in New York City. They had a guy with them that was a
reformed car thief that was helping an insurance company or the police or
something. He basically said that if a thief wanted your car bad enough, there
was absolutely nothing you could do to lock it up, etc. and then they showed
footage of a warehouse area, didn't look like a particularly bad area. Somebody
pulls up in a Mercedes if I recall correctly and goes into one of the buildings.
A flat bed truck pulls up in the street, a big forklift pops out of one of the
warehouses, the Mercedes is on the flat bed and that flat bed is gone in under 
60
seconds... Turns out they were "harvesting" cars for a HUGE chop shop/car
exporting ring...

Chuck

Joel Fritz wrote:

> Of course you're right.  Security measures (on houses, cars, computer
> systems...) only make breaking in inconvenient.  If someone wants to badly
> enough and has the time and resources it will happen eventually.
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: email@james-w-kilgore.com [mailto:email@james-w-kilgore.com]
> > Sent: Friday, September 24, 1999 1:36 AM
> > To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> > Subject: Re: Rewarding challenge AS/400...
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Joel Fritz wrote:
> > >
> > > I dunno--people sometimes do funny things when they dislike
> > each other.
> > >
> > OK, I've watched this thread long enough, SOAPBOX(*on)
> >
> > If you lock the door, they come in through the Window (pun
> > intended <g>)
> >
> > IMO, 95% of the users are there to get their job done and
> > couldn't give
> > a squat about technology.  It's the tool handed to them and they
> > acquiesce to it's use.  Half of them don't even have a PC at home.
> > Depending on the pecking order, it drops from there.
> >
> > I once heard that locks keep honest people honest.  If a thief want's
> > in, they'll get in. Period.  Most you'll catch, the rest will let you
> > know where you've left access.
> >
> > Are users sloppy about security? You bet. Why? They're honest and
> > naturally expect that from their coworkers.
> >
> > Security, or should I say cynicism / suspicion, is not in their job
> > description. This human trait is the weak link in any security plan.
> >
> > We could all run our systems at level 40/50 and still have
> > breaches that
> > are beyond any contrived technology.
> >
> > What one is asked to do is to take "reasonable measures" to "insure"
> > security.  The debate starts once a breach occurs or an audit
> > questions
> > if what is in place is "reasonable".
> >
> > Way back when (the Earth's crust was still cooling) there was a study
> > done on security breaches.  The target was insurance
> > companies.  Now the
> > companies were diligent with requiring expirations of passwords and
> > their computer generated a series of non repeating, non redundent,
> > random letters/numbers.  Noone could guess them.
> >
> > The passwords were so hard to remember that the users wrote
> > them down on
> > a Post-it and slapped it on the face of their CRT.
> >
> > To break into their system required a pair of binoclars from
> > across the
> > street.  Read all the passwords you want.  Sniffing packets is for
> > technogeeks that can't see the forest for the trees. =;-p
> >
> > Make your plans, dot your I's, cross you T's, cover your
> > b***.  Breaches
> > happen. Period.
> >
> > P.S. I'll bet that the janitorial company that cleans your
> > building can
> > get all the passwords they want.
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