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Apr 29 2009   12:33AM GMT

10 Immutable Laws of Security Administration



Posted by: Ken Harthun
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Security
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Security practice

My last post on this subject discussed the 10 Immutable Laws of Security. This one takes the next step–also a Microsoft “archived” essay, but still relevant today. These are so self-evident that I’m not even going to burden you with my thoughts. Print this out and hang it where you can see it as a constant reminder these are the 10 Immutable Laws of Security Administration:

Law #1: Nobody believes anything bad can happen to them, until it does
Law #2: Security only works if the secure way also happens to be the easy way
Law #3: If you don’t keep up with security fixes, your network won’t be yours for long
Law #4: It doesn’t do much good to install security fixes on a computer that was never secured to begin with
Law #5: Eternal vigilance is the price of security
Law #6: There really is someone out there trying to guess your passwords
Law #7: The most secure network is a well-administered one
Law #8: The difficulty of defending a network is directly proportional to its complexity
Law #9: Security isn’t about risk avoidance; it’s about risk management
Law #10: Technology is not a panacea

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