The 10 Immutable Laws of Security

Attended a security webinar titled 11 Most Effective Ways to Lockdown Active Directory.  The 10 Immutable Laws of Security was referenced (in the context of VMware admins having equivalent of physical access to VMs, law #3).

Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it’s not solely your computer anymore.
Law #2: If a bad guy can alter the operating system on your computer, it’s not your computer anymore.
Law #3: If a bad guy has unrestricted physical access to your computer, it’s not your computer anymore.
Law #4: If you allow a bad guy to run active content in your website, it’s not your website any more.
Law #5: Weak passwords trump strong security.
Law #6: A computer is only as secure as the administrator is trustworthy.
Law #7: Encrypted data is only as secure as its decryption key.
Law #8: An out-of-date antimalware scanner is only marginally better than no scanner at all.
Law #9: Absolute anonymity isn’t practically achievable, online or offline.
Law #10: Technology is not a panacea.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/rhalbheer/archive/2011/06/16/ten-immutable-laws-of-security-version-2-0.aspx

Some great baseline security docs from the Center for Internet Security (CIS). We’d never install Apache with default config right?https://benchmarks.cisecurity.org/downloads/multiform/index.cfm

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