When it comes to computer security, people are being brainwashed
As difficult as this may be to accept, people are being brainwashed into believing that it’s acceptable for computers to be insecure. While this might seem like an absurd idea, let me present four real world scenarios to help you understand why it’s true.
Would it be acceptable for you to go into a restaurant and be served undercooked chicken 8 out of 10 times? Of course not, because you know that if you ate it, you could get sick and even die. You expect the chicken to be properly cooked each and every time it’s served to you, right?
Would it be okay if your toilet stopped flushing after 100 flushes and the tank needed to be rebuilt? What if every toilet had this problem? Wouldn’t you think that someone would stop and ask, “Why are we putting up with this? Can’t someone develop a toilet that doesn’t have to be rebuilt after the 100th flush?”
How would you feel if you call 911 for a medical emergency, the operator tells you an ambulance is on its way, but the ambulance never shows up? Would this be acceptable? What if this happens to other people as well? How many times could an ambulance not show up before someone does something about the situation?
What if your spouse develops a habit of staying out all night without calling home. And let’s say this doesn’t just happen sometimes, but all the time – even for days at a time. Would you put up with this?
All of these real world scenarios are about expectations and what is and isn’t acceptable. Expectations for each of these scenarios are high and if the performance, service or behavior isn’t acceptable, we expect someone to do something about the situation, right? And we don’t expect people to just apply “band-aid” fixes to deal with a problem. We expect them to address the root cause of a problem to make the problem go away.
So why is it, when it comes to the inadequacies of computer security, people accept all of the bad things that are happening to everyone? Why are we allowing hackers to control our lives? Is it because we believe that computing cannot be made 100% secure? Is it because we expect hackers to be able to break into networks and computers? Is it because we can’t stop crime from happening in the physical world, so we don’t expect someone to be able to stop crime in the cyberworld?
I believe that people accept all of the problems we’re having with hackers, because the computer industry has brainwashed everyone into believing that:
- It’s impossible to engineer a computer that is 100% secure.
- Hackers are the root cause of our security problems.
- The only way to secure a computer, is to use third party security and monitoring products.
If you believe that any of these statements are true, you’ve been brainwashed!
Deprogram your mind
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