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Dark Reading’s Linus Rant #security

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On Dark Reading site editor Tim Wilson attacks Linus Torvalds for making the comment “To me, security is important. But it’s no less important than everything else that is also important!” He is correct in his arguments against Linus’ point of view with the exception of his statement:

If I build a house that is unsafe, it threatens the inhabitants. If I build a bank that is insecure, it threatens not only the welfare of the business, but the lives of thousands of customers.

This is really a fallacious statement, an insecure bank is far less of a problem than he thinks.

Consider the current banking crisis and the number of times security problems have dumped large quantities of credit card numbers on the street, most reasonable banks have a number of backups. And when they didn’t national banks have bailed them out. Much of the risk a bank’s customers face are mitigated, transferred, and even budgeted. How can you transfer the risk of shoddy construction once the building has collapsed on top of you? An unsafe house is almost always more of a hazard than bank insecurity, just ask the Chinese earthquake victims.

Tim, if you are going to use a metaphor try to use one that isn’t so obviously flawed.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 25, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Posted in linux, risk

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  1. Nice site. Theres some good information on here. Ill be checking back regularly.

    Aaron Wakling

    July 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm


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