May 2007 Meeting - Marcus Ranum

Our May CapBUG meeting will be May 29 at 6:30 PM (22:30 UTC).

This month, we'll have Marcus Ranum give his talk on dumb ideas in computer security. From his website:

"Let me introduce you to the six dumbest ideas in computer security. What are they? They're the anti-good ideas. They're the braindamage that makes your $100,000 ASIC-based turbo-stateful packet-mulching firewall transparent to hackers. Where do anti-good ideas come from? They come from misguided attempts to do the impossible - which is another way of saying 'trying to ignore reality.' Frequently those misguided attempts are sincere efforts by well-meaning people or companies who just don't fully understand the situation, but other times it's just a bunch of savvy entrepreneurs with a well-marketed piece of junk they're selling to make a fast buck. In either case, these dumb ideas are the fundamental reason(s) why all that money you spend on information security is going to be wasted, unless you somehow manage to avoid them."

This meeting will also be broadcast as part of MetaBUG.

We will again hold this month's meeting at Raba in Columbia, MD.