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Basic Principles

Example of KISS

Ok, this is a backwards observation.

One of my hot buttons is to spot "cyber security principles," that is, general but pointed observations on how to improve cyber security. 

A long-held principle is "Keep it Simple, Stupid." Thanks to Moore's Law and the constantly falling price of ever bigger, faster, and more complex tech, no one puts much effort into keeping things simple. The extra features draw more customers even if they make the tech more fragile.

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"Basic Principles" of Information Security

I am finishing up a textbook on elementary information security. Unlike other books, this one targets freshmen and sophomores, and eschews memorization for problem-solving.

Trojan Horse

Sprinkled here and there are concepts we all should recognize as "basic principles" of information security: ideas that transcend programming, network design, and system administration. Now that I'm finished, here is a summary of the ones I covered. I've also noted how they compare to Saltzer and Schroeder's classic list from 1975 and, briefly, the NIST principles in SP800-14.

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