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2013 Security Priority Survey, security risks when buying IT hardware from China
This article is part of the February 2013/ Volume 15 / No. 1 issue of Information Security magazine
As Gary McGraw mentioned in his [In]-Security column this month, every enterprise depends on software. On the one hand, this is merely stating the obvious. Software carries out the processes, enforcing the rules that reflect the business purpose. Each company tries its best to select or develop software that best enables it to carry out its organizational mission. On the other hand, the primary role of software begs to question why so little attention is paid to software security. Historically, security has tried to protect software from itself; building a firewall perimeter around it, watching for telltale symptoms in the network packet stream that might indicate an application attack, and by locking down privileges so only authorized people can direct requests to the software in the first place. McGraw argued that we should take the time to consider whether our software is unacceptably buggy from a security point of view. We should take a crack at it using the “badness-ometer.” That seems reasonable, but only a portion of the ...
Features in this issue
Cover story: The U.S. government says Chinese IT giants Huawei and ZTE pose too much risk. But do they? Joel Snyder offers his take.
2013 IT security trends reveal mobile device security tops the list of priorities for security pros this year.
Allowing employee-owned mobile devices doesn’t have to mean accepting all BYOD risks. Infosec pros share their BYOD security strategies.
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Columns in this issue
Information Security Magazine reveals the results of its 2013 Security Priority Survey and examines the security risks associated with purchasing IT hardware from China. Elsewhere in the issue, infosec pros share their strategies for BYOD security.
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