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Re: Lack of Security

  • From: Dave Stewart
  • Date: Wed Sep 12 22:48:24 2001

At 09:42 PM 9/12/2001, Robert Hough wrote:
The security we display in most aspects of our society echo the same
security we display in most of our networks as well.

Now ask yourself, why was it so easy to hijack these planes? Because we
have sacrificed security for convenience - and our enemy used that
against us. Well, something to chew on. G'Night.
Can someone explain to me how only allowing ticketed passengers past security checkpoints is going to accomplish anything toward increased security? The only thing I can even dream of is that it will reduce the number of people passing the checkpoints.

These hijackers were ticketed passengers.

No carry-on? OK, so it will reduce hiding places for non-metallic weapons. On the other hand, so much for taking your laptop with you - are you willing to entrust your laptop to baggage handlers? Willing to put your Palm in your checked luggage?

This is just my feeling, but I honestly believe these measures are only giving the *appearance* of security, apparently to make the general public feel better.

I do agree, though, with the comments on network security - so many, many are much more lax about the security of their networks than airports have been. As an anecdote, when I came to my current job last year, the network was wide open. Since, I've placed servers behind firewalls, and blocked things like NetBIOS (you wouldn't believe the cry that went up from customers when I did that - they *want* to use NetBIOS shares between business offices in various cities)