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Can optimal and flexible security be mandated?

by on Jun.23, 2009, under Storage

Can optimal and flexible security be mandated?

I was recently trading thoughts with Anton Chuvakin, a respected security metrics professional, in a philosophical discussion of perfection and quality of security.  Admittedly, I was on auto-pilot (operating without the benefit of coffee) rattling away with my ‘Optimal Security’ rhetoric, when Anton posed two thought provoking questions: CAN one "mandate optimal security"?  How do you "mandate flexible"?

I was stopped in my tracks.I believe, to a certain extent, we can mandate flexibility and optimization.I think back to lessons of WWII and the Maginot line.I would argue that flexibility can be mandated through proper planning and design.Rigid security postures lack the ability to remain effective over time and are likely derived by an equally rigid infrastructure which will struggle to adapt to new threats and changes within the organization.In general, design a system to be flexible and its longevity for effectiveness is extended.We must be strategic in our planning and design of security, lest we suffer the fate of France&aposs Maginot line.Check out Anton for other thought provoking viewpoints; just be sure to have your coffee at the ready.More on Strategy for Sustaining Optimal SecurityInformation Security Defense In Depth Whitepaper is Now AvailableFortune Cookie Security Advice – June 2008Defense In Depth Strategy Optimizes SecurityThe Four Dirty Questions of Measuring Information SecurityWhat are your thoughts?

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