/dev/random: Cloud Control — Future (Mis)Directions for Information Security
Robert G. Ferrell
A columnist of my ilk (A positive, with vitamin D and sodium benzoate added to prevent spoilage) realistically has only three basic choices of topic: what’s going on with some aspect of technology now, what went on with some aspect of technology in the past, or what might happen with some aspect of technology in the future. I’ve churned out a fair amount of slush on the first two, so now it is time to offer my insights, such as they are, on what someday might have been.
Security is a crap shoot in the best of times, or maybe a roulette wheel. A roulette wheel fixed strongly in favor of the house; the house, as usual, being controlled by various unsavory elements (Sleazium, Larcenium, Felonium, et al.). Security is an abstract concept, unwieldy and unworkable in the real world. The bottom line is that where the rubber meets the road in the final analysis at the end of the day, “security” is overused and under-defined.