Saturday, October 4, 2008

Security is an Universal Language

Over the last year I've had the pleasure of traveling to Iceland, Norway, and Denmark for Security events. During those travels it should come as no surprise that computer crime is an international problem. Here a couple of thoughts on what I've learned over these trips.

Language Barrier
Since most foreign countries I've visited speak uncommon (globally) languages they have a nice defense against phishing attacks. In order for an attacker to attack users in those countries is not as easy as throwing something into a translation engine. The actual context of their language not only foils many phishing attacks as well as recon methods like Google Hacking. Other than that tech jargon and buzzwords are the same in all the places I've visited. Thank goodness it seems that everyone speaks my native tongue.

Vendor Trust
I usually don't believe everything a software/hardware vendors say. As the old saying goes "Trust but verify". There seems to be an overwhelming trust of the big corporations abroad, probably to a fault. Taking a second to think about it, this is not just a foreign problem.

GNU and Open Source

I have met some extremely skilled foreign talent who use GNU and Open Source (OS) tools. Talking to people I don't get a sense that foreign IT personnel have embraced GNU/OS on a large scale. I love to demo GNU solutions because when I leave them, I want them to have tools that they can work with and eventually use them to improve their organizations.

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