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Episode II: Creating security regualtions

Take a lighter look at the security world and enjoy the adventures of noblepersons (security gurus) defending their kingdoms (company networks) from evildoers (crackers). This ongoing column offers a whimsical view of what the dynamics of information security might have looked like in medieval times.

In our last episode, the Kingdom's network and system administrators were slaying fire-breathing worms (and whatnot) whilst fraught with trepidation over informing His Majesty that Impervious was losing some of its "im."

Overtime rates and lost productivity went unnoticed by the King. If he were to learn of chinks in Impervious' armor and a need to purchase new tools, appliances, and/or outside services, it would surely draw his ire. This was especially so since he dumped all that denarii into a PRM (peasant relationship management) project.

For the time being, an eminence front was decided upon and the administrators continued to hold out their shields and wield their swift swords. Deaf, dumb and blind ... they could still play a mean pinball.

Speaking of eminence, back at the castle, the King was holding court with His Eminence, Regulatius, the Empire's local Prefect. Regulatius bore edicts from the highest of high.

You see, Impervious was not the only kingdom in the empire to suffer the treachery of the invaders. Reconnoiterers donning black berets had been spotted in Hermetica and Never Never Land as well. There was no challenge to be had at Frankish

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Gaul, so they left it alone.

Unraveling the scrolls, the Prefect's pontifications poured out powerfully:

"You will practice due care and due diligence!" "The privacy of your subjects will be protected!" "Thou shalt be certified and accredited!" "With availability, integrity and confidentiality for all!" "Noncompliance will result in fines, the rack or both!" "By the way, King of Impervious, where are your clothes?"

As the King bade good day to Regulatius, he summoned his administrators, his scribe and his tailor.

About the author
Bill Kirkendale, CISSP, has been an IT professional for fourteen years and is a former United States Marine.

Next episode: His Majesty issues a new decree and gets a new robe

This was first published in March 2004

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