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'[OT] Damage estimates'
|On Tue, May 16, 2000 at 08:24:43AM -0400, M. Adam Davis wrote:
> virus, and determine a plan of action. Here's the expensive part: While a
> script can get rid of most traces of the virus, and a few filters can keep it
> from spreading much more, thousands of emails have been lost/dropped, schedules
> have been moved back, parts aren't on order (and they are supposed to be), etc,
Quite frankly, if a company of that kind of size allows its employees to read
email with Outlook Express (or any Microsoft product, for that matter) then
they deserve what they get. If email is that important to the company, then
it should be bulletproof.
A company of that size should have at least a couple of staff devoted to
risk management. It became very obvious some time ago that Outlook express
is as full of holes as a Swiss cheese, and any risk manager who hadn't taken
steps to prevent this kind of attack should be fired (given that there were
ample precedents for it).
But then maybe they don't back their data up either.
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M. Adam Davis
Yeah, well unfortunately those who have this knowledge are managed by those who
cut their teeth on microsoft products in business school, and they won't have it
any other way. It's a vicious circle, in which everyone can say, "It's not my
fault nor responsibility", and be right.
Clyde Smith-Stubbs wrote:
Alan B Pearce
>Yeah, well unfortunately those who have this knowledge are managed by those who
>cut their teeth on microsoft products in business school, and they won't have
>any other way. It's a vicious circle, in which everyone can say, "It's not my
>fault nor responsibility", and be right.
Unfortunately I think you are correct, but at least on New Zealand government
department seems to think there are other routes. Try
Dr. Imre Bartfai
the "expected value" of the damage is the amount of the damage multiplied
by its probability. Of course this calculated value is to be summed on all
independent events. Thus it is worth to make countermeasures until it
costs less than that expected total. On the other hand, one should take
into account what is the cost of the software make possible such damages
comparing with (maybe free) alternatives. It is the point of decision and
IMHO the decision maker should not only justify his/her decision but also
responsible for it.
On Tue, 16 May 2000, Clyde Smith-Stubbs wrote:
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