Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Security Experts and more...bloopers !

Our world is so dependent on technology that we are unable to close security holes as we strain at the boundaries of our imagination to build new concepts hitherto unknown. 

So we have painted our world gray and recently we have moved into the cloud which has created orgiastic excitement among the techie mortals globally. Experts abound in this world and salary payouts are the stuff dreams are made of. 

There are experts who provide newsbytes basking in the media glare using FUD as a vehicle of self promotion, and then there are also those who provide knowledge who prefer their low key life and are recognized in their professional circles.  

And among the many bloopers that are contributed the newest one from an Information Security expert is 

"You must do a background check when accepting a friend on any social network or taking a friendship further"
Another blooper that comes to my mind is about wifi networks, when Mumbai and Pune experts were obsessed with doing war driving to get information about open wifi networks. 

"An open wifi connection is like showing an open door to terrorists to come into the country !"
I do not want to name names as I do not want to be party to their fame which is widespread. These experts are all over except in circles where one finds some genuine knowledgeable professionals. Mind you I am not one and nor do I claim to be one - I work in Information Security and spend every moment of my waking time trying to learn what my peers know. 
What riles me is the way mediapersons fall over each other to get to the same people to provide (h)expert comments about any incident without even trying to understand it themselves. 

For example - when this guy said that you should do background checks before befriending someone on social networks he was commenting on an incident about a girl falling into trouble with a f'book friend. She is about 17 and here this guy is asking her to do background checks on people who send friend requests. She would have checked the guy's profile before saying yes to accept him and I bet she does not know the meaning of "background checks". Mr Expert don' t you think it;s time you stopped !


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