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December 2018, Vol. 20, No. 6

Marcus Ranum: Systems administration is in the 'crosshairs'

I've been writing this column, originally as a debate with Bruce Schneier, since April 2006 -- so 12 years. In that time, I've enjoyed the opportunity to air some of my favorite themes in computer security -- sometimes subtly, other times less so. It's time to stop; I'm starting to repeat myself, and my view of the trajectory of security has been getting more jaundiced. So, I'd like to thank you all and move on to other things. From where I sit, I see security as a side effect of poor development and systems administration. On the theoretical front, we've got to worry about sophisticated subversion attacks launched against us by our own governments. In practice, though, our problems stem from the fact that developers are sloppy and the environments in which software is developed favor speedy rollout of features over reliability. If that weren't bad enough, management has systems administration costs in the crosshairs for cost-cutting. Systems administration is a problem that has not been solved; virtualization and deployment ...

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