Suppliers urged to ease security use


Suppliers urged to ease security use

Bill Goodwin

Businesses should press suppliers to make security easier to implement, computer security expert Bruce Schneier said last week.

Schneier, chief technical officer of internet security group Counterpane, said the main problem facing organisations was not security itself, but using security.

Interviewed at Infosecurity Europe, he said that too many suppliers were developing complex security products that were difficult to deploy. "They are focusing too much on technology. They have great products and they wonder why people are not buying them," he said.

The answer to poor security, Schneier said, is not better education of users, but security products that are simple to use.

Schneier said out-of-the-box encryption products and technology that allowed IT departments to check the security or laptops remotely were good examples of meeting this need, as was Microsoft's decision to issue all of its patches on the same day of the month.

"Suppliers need to deliver much more than they have provided so far. I would like to see more pressure from users and the government, especially from the US government," he said.



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