Jurassic Plaque: How Fear Impedes Security
Opinion: If the most fearful users set security criteria, the real goal is forgotten in a neverending quest for more security.God help us; were in the hands of engineers." Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park In my last column I explained how organizations that enforce the strictest corporate security are often the ones that end up being the least secure. Contemporary technology and the way contemporary technologists implement it are partially to blame, but most of that paradox is something most companies can repairwith enough money, time, interest and experience. What you cant change is the response of the end users to overly secured systems.
Its not just people writing their passwords on Post-It notes; its the loss of productivity that comes from the quotidian rassling they have to do with appliances they have to use to work and the resulting loss of faith in the mission the appliances are supposed to support.