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[ale] close to home

On Fri, 30 Jan 2004, J.M. Taylor wrote:

> I should apologize, and clarify:  I was not in any way attacking the tech 
> people at UGA, who I am sure like the rest of us work too hard for too 
> little pay and fight an uphill battle against politics, politics, 
> politics.  The "university system at large" in my previous email really 
> was referring to everybody -- the admissions people, the faculty, the 
> politicians, everybody who thinks it's just IT's problem and that security 
> happens by magick, or anybody who doesn't think about it at all. Awareness  
> is all I was referring to, and I apologize for not making that clear.

Without permission, I'd like to expand. IMHO, the vast majority of the US 
(world??) population thinks that security is the problem of some 
professional cadre. Security depends on everybody paying attention, 
everybody looking out for their neighbors, and looking out for self. 

> Did that help? probably not. I'll go back into my dark cave now.
> jenn
> On Fri, 30 Jan 2004, Dan Newcombe wrote:
> > On Fri, 30 Jan 2004, J.M. Taylor wrote:
> > 
> > > This is worrisome business, I just hope that not only UGA but the
> > > university system at large realizes that yes, it can happen to them and
> > > they *need* to take security seriously.  But I'm not holding my breath.
> > 
> > Uh...okay.  We do take it seriously.  Just unlike corporate america, you
> > can't just say "we are blocking everything but port 80 to our web server
> > and port 25 to our mail server.".
> > 
> > Just a couple of years ago, on this list, there was a student complaining
> > about some asshole administrator (me) who locked down some settings on a
> > machine that he noticed odd activity on.
> > 
> > What protocols out there now would not be there if the academic policy
> > everywhere was "screw any traffic we don't authorize." ???
> > 
> > How should we take security more seriously?  I'd like to hear some sane
> > suggestions.  Why don't you write your represenitive and tell them to stop
> > stealling money from the university system to pay for endless bitching on
> > flags, or whatever else?
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