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Ten Key Reasons Your IT Product Is Not Secure

Published: 10 June 2013


Ten common mistakes can fatally compromise the security of any IT application or device, and any one of these could sharply limit its market potential. High-assurance product vendors should address these issues or prepare to face damaging security events.

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  • Key Challenges
  • 1. You Treated Security as an Afterthought
  • 2. You Did Not Use Trained Security Practitioners for Design and Implementation
  • 3. You Refused to Allow Independent, External Review — or You Failed to Act on the Results of the Review
  • 4. You Relied on Administrators and End Users "Doing the Right Thing"
  • 5. You Relied on Attackers Not Knowing About Your Product's Specific Security Mechanisms or Product Administration Secrets
  • 6. Your User Interface and Your Administrative Interface Are Not Physically and Logically Separate
  • 7. You Allow Administrators or End Users to Choose Lower or No Security by Default
  • 8. Your Product Does Not Have Adequate Physical and Logical Tamper Resistance, or at Least Tamper Evidence
  • 9. Your Embedded Product Relies on a Standard "Off the Shelf" Operating System That Has Not Been Patched and Hardened
  • 10. Your Mission-Critical Product Does Not Give Reliable, Testable Evidence of Process Trustability and Transactional Integrity to All Users of the System


Greg Young Ray Wagner

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