Information security face-offs: Marcus Ranum, Bruce Schneier

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Information security face-offs: Marcus Ranum, Bruce Schneier

Sometimes in information security, there's no right answer. But that won't stop security experts Marcus Ranum and Bruce Schneier from trying to find one. Here's a collection of security debates between the two renowned infosec pros.

  Is antivirus dead?
   Is perfect access control possible?
   Can we expect protected privacy online?
   Do enterprises face social networking risks?
  Do data security breach notification laws work?
  How important is 'risk management?'
   How valuable is security vulnerability research?
   Security market consolidation: Plague or progress?
 


FACE-OFFS (w/Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum)

Access control
Is antivirus dead?
Even in 2009, the security world's response to viruses and malware emphasises the detection of known bad behaviour. Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum explore the declining effectiveness of antivirus software.


Access control
Is perfect access control possible?
Are organizations just too chaotic for flawless access control? Schneier and Ranum debate the possibilities.


Online privacy
Can we expect protected privacy online?
Given the cases of warrantless wiretapping and the collection of IP addresses, should Internet users have reasonable expectations of privacy? Schneier and Ranum debate how private your online data actually is.


Social networks
Do enterprises face social networking risks?
Should companies be concerned about employees' use of LinkedIn, Facebook and other social networking sites? The security professionals square off on MySpace in the enterprise.


Data breach legislation
Do data security breach notification laws work?
Aside from causing numbness in the minds of customers, have the more than 40 data breach notification laws in the United States impacted security? Our experts argue whether the legislation will lead to eventual improvements.


Vulnerability research
How valuable is security vulnerability research?
Has vulnerability research only given vendors a new way to lock in customers? Or is the work vital to security? Security experts Bruce Schneier & Marcus Ranum address the value of vulnerability research.


Security market consolidation
Security market consolidation: Plague or progress?
When it comes to mergers, acquistions and market consolidation in the security industry, is bigger always better? The security duo debates the impact of market consolidation on information security.


Risk management
How important is 'risk management?'
Is "risk management" just a fancy term? Or is it an appropriate strategy for information security professonials? Experts Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum argue how today's threat landscape may change the way enterprise security is addressed.

 


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This was first published in December 2009

 

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