AusCERT 2013: This time it's personal

AusCERT 2013: This time it's personal

Summary: As another AusCERT conference kicked off in the Gold Coast today, Munir Kotadia explains why he is disillusioned with security in all its forms.


Any system is only as secure as its most vulnerable point, so why bother taking all these precautions when the whole system is fundamentally flawed?

A prime example of this is the TSA lock — a suitcase lock designed for people travelling to the USA. This is a security device that boasts insecurity as it's most prominent feature. 

When this kind of product is accepted, and in many cases actually demanded by the public, is there any point in pretending that our information, possessions or minds, are safe from attackers?

Topics: AUSCERT, Security

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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  • It Seems To Be What The US Political System Demands

    If you recall, there were some attempts to organize protests against excessive TSA powers, but the general public seemed unable to get very worked up about it.
    • What me worry?

      Unless something happens to the everyday person, most folks are indifferent to computer security. Of course as the phrase goes, the employee is the weakest link which is a huge challenge for any organization.