Is security really an issue?

1 May

In my last blog post I informed you a little about what ERP systems are about and what are the advantages and disadvantages of such systems. Maybe some of you are interested in such systems, but maybe some of you just thought that they are too complicated and that it is not worth paying so much attention to them in the moment. Maybe you are right, they are actually very complex systems requiring a lot of time. But what I think is worth paying attention to is the issue that such systems arise, the issue of corporate security in the world of IT.

As I have some experience in the area of data security and I am completely obsessed about it I thought it would be beneficial to share what I know and what I have found. While I was browsing through the internet, looking for more information on this so hot topic, that I think affects everybody that uses computer nowadays, I found an interview with the world renowned cryptographer, author, and CTO of BT Counterpane, Bruce Schneier. In this interview he describes what the basic reasons for the breaches in security are, and if you have ten minutes free and do not know what to do with them I would really recommend watching at least the first half of it.

Schneier on Security

There are a lot of dialogues that are going on today about the transparency of information and the collaboration of the people on the internet. But this transparency on the other hand arise the question of private information on the internet, who owns it, and what laws govern the distribution of this information. How we saw from the scandalous “wikileaks” website even information classified as private can be exposed without this having negative effect on the people who exposed the information, because they managed to get around all privacy laws, and in the end turned up clean as a tear. And what if this happens with us? I mean, nowadays the only think that can secure us a competitive advantage in the business sphere is our uniqueness. But the people adapt very fast, and some of them are even able to attribute themselves qualities and skills that they do not possess, but that make them better than you in some way, which can be crucial in a business setting. How Bruce Schneier mentions in his interview “…on the internet you can easily copy anything. Most of our human markers for trust fail…”, which in other words means that we have to be extremely cautious when exposing personal or any other sorts of information that can be used against us if in hands of the wrong people. That insecurity was one of the main reasons why I deleted my Facebook profile. Even though Facebook can be sometimes very helpful in maintaining relationships with friends and stay in touch with what is happening in the world around us, it is such a complex system, with so many users. And how Schneier mentions “complexity is the biggest enemy of security”.

In the end I want to share with you the opinion of David Glaser, who is vice-president of CyberSource Corp., “…the best approach to payment data security for organizations is not to figure out how to lock down the data, but to actually remove the data all together”, which I think holds not only for payment data but for any source of information. We cannot rely on webmasters to keep our information secured but rather do that ourselves.

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