Today the New York Times asks us: “Who Needs Hackers?” The article itself which discusses the recent outages at LAX and with Skype is fairly fluffy but has some great quotes which really cover the issues that we should be looking at as an industry. Security isn’t just about hackers, but about managing threats and risks and we need to remember that much more often.
Peter “Comp.Risks” Neumann:
We don’t need hackers to break the systems because they’re falling apart by themselves.
Most of the problems we have day to day have nothing to do with malice. Things break. Complex systems break in complex ways.
and Avi Rubin:
Maybe we have focused too much on hackers and not on the possibility of something going wrong. Sometimes the worst problems happen by accident.