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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Point: Marcus Ranum What amazes me is that it's 2009 and the security world's response to viruses and malware is still oriented toward "detect the bad" rather than "permit the good." And, consequently, we still have viruses and malware. To me, it just seems so gosh-darned obvious that our problem is that we have lost control over our runtime environment, and regaining that control is "simply" a matter of deciding what programs we want to allow to run. Of course, most organizations don't know (or haven't got the courage to discover) what programs they allow--and, ultimately, isn't that the root of their security problems? When I read the security news and hear that thus-and-such government agency is trying to decide if Facebook is a necessary application, it makes my head spin. In Marcus-land, where I come from, you decide what is a necessary application first, not after you have 40,000 employees who have gotten so used to it that they now think Twitter is a constitutionally protected right. Isn't a virus or malware just unauthorized execution that someone ... Access >>>

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