Dec 24 2008   7:14PM GMT

Getting What You Pay For…..2008

Arian Eigen Heald Arian Eigen Heald Profile: Arian Eigen Heald

In my travels as an auditor this year, I’ve visited 15 states and seen approximately 20 different networks, both LAN and WAN. I’ve audited hospitals, lotteries, racetracks, banks, small businesses, large online retailers, metal fabricators, telco service bureaus and health care service bureaus.

I continue to see networks that are not patched. “It might break our custom code,” is the most common excuse, followed by, “Gee, we just didn’t get around to it.”

Software coding continues to be a security disaster in the making. Developers continue to open up databases by giving too many rights to users and application IDs. I still find individual developer IDs inside production databases.

Management continues to be unwilling to invest the money in a secure architecture. In the last three years, I can count on the fingers of one hand the organizations I’ve seen that follow secure best practices. And not use all the fingers.

I still hear people try to tell me that they don’t need a firewall because they have really good routers. And then they don’t update the IOS on the routers and/or leave the default SNMP strings in place.

If you are paying for these services, and you are getting the above, there is a problem waiting to happen on your network. If you don’t know what’s going on in your databases, time to find out before another Countrywide happens in your back yard.

Have a safe holiday. And remember: who is responsible for good security? You are. I am. Let’s keep trying to do it right.

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