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IDG Contributor Network: In defense of “Good Enough” security

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Aug 24, 2016.

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    Given enough time and resources, every security technology is breakable. But for most people, it doesn’t take perfect security to become considerably more secure than average. Security wonks like me often give lists of ways to lock your system down against all but the most determined adversaries, but in truth just taking a few big steps towards better protecting our data is enough. As long as they’re the right steps.

    We can all think of some security technology that has been declared “dead” or that is widely proclaimed to be unsafe: AV is “dead”. Passwords are “dead”. Using text messaging for two-factor authentication should be killed off. Biometric scanners on phones are “broken”. But does this really mean that these technologies should be abandoned? In my opinion, they should not. And by waxing hyperbolic about their demise, we’re decreasing security overall.

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