[ngw] Google and Mcafee

Tim Jackson tjackson at baltimorecountymd.gov
Thu Apr 22 00:21:41 UTC 2010


We were hit by the McAfee issue here. We'll see what happens when all of our machines get turned on tomorrow.

>>> "Gregg A. Hinchman" <Gregg at HinchmanConsulting.com> 4/21/2010 8:19 PM >>>
I thought these were both interesting.
 
First -Google and its continue non-protection of privacy.
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/7612988/Google-not-interested-in-privacy.html
 
My opinion:
I am not a fan of the 'cloud' mentality because no one can protect a companies -let alone a persons data as well as the individual person or corporation -because they have 'skin' in the game.  And then there is the 'connection' issue.  When an organization jumps on the path to 'cloud' all data so they can eliminate IT -or much of it- they forget that in an outage of the Internet -they have lost all communication both to the outside world and between their own employees.  Now I know my opinion will sound like its old fashion but let me ask -have we ever had internet outages? Or, complete air traffic outages?  Thinking the unthinkable seems to be what takes place more often then not these days.  Consider back a few years when the Internet DNS servers had a 'hack' built into them that would have easily exposed us all. Or now - http://news.techworld.com/security/3218219/domain-registrars-lagging-behind-over-dnssec-security/?olo=rss .
 
Second -Mcafee -can you say 'Ooops!'
 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100421/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_mcafee_antivirus_flaw .
 
Limited Opinion here: You need AV but yet a company should do better testing before releasing.  You cannot tell me this could not have been caught in the lab long before release.
 
Just two interesting events.
 
 
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