Hikers have a saying that goes, “The terrain is not the map.” Upon finding, for instance, that a bridge no longer exists, one might ask, “Wait a minute… you mean a US Geological Survey map from 1953 doesn’t reflect current conditions?” “Yup. The terrain is not the map.” So it goes in IT as well.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Take it from Leonardo (Not DiCaprio. The other one.) Simplicity makes a work of art that much more sophisticated and beautiful. The same is true in technology. Simplicity is elegant. Simplicity sells. Simplicity also makes for effective security. Indeed, the IT world has only grown more overwhelming since the noted security expert Bruce Schneier remarked in 2001, “Complexity is the enemy of security. As systems get more complex, they get less secure.”
Would you really wear sockets with flip flops to walk on a nice sandy beach? The same thing goes with SSH agent-forwarding: using a socket can sometimes be inappropriate.
The scale, frequency and magnitude of cyber-crime is truly alarming and getting worse. Recent highly publicised attacks have served to push the issue much further up the management agenda to the extent that only the foolhardy would now argue that cyber-security is not a board level issue.
We recently did some research into the attitudes of the IT departments to cyber-insurance. Some of our key findings are in this infographic. You can download the full report from here.