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December 2005

On The Radar: Security technology can't solve process problems

Soul Searching Before you shower your network with trendy tools, you should reflect on your internal processes and infrastructure. Hi, my name is Scott, and I was in a bad security relationship. There, I said it. Whenever I felt insecure, I'd buy my beloved enterprise a sexy new piece of hardware. Things would seem better...for a while. Then, along would come another threat and out would come my checkbook. I amassed a closet full of gizmos before learning an expensive lesson: Money can't buy you love, and, for us security practitioners, it doesn't always buy peace of mind. Until you get to the heart of a problem, all the bells and whistles in the world won't solve your woes. For a while now I've been in recovery. No 12-step program for me--I ran a low-cost discovery scan. Using Nmap and Nessus, I probed the enterprise, searching for weaknesses. While I wanted to know what was visible from the outside, I found something interesting as an insider looking out: The scan uncovered inconsistent configurations; servers from one ...

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