Basic Principles of Security Architecture
Security architecture is a new concept to many computer users. Users are aware of security threats such as viruses, worms, spyware, and other malware. They have heard of, and most use, anti-virus programs and firewalls. Many use intrusion detection. Architectural security, though, remains a mystery to most computer users.
The truth is, anti-virus software, firewalls, and intrusion detection are only the surface of security. They are all reactive measures that attempt to respond to active threats, rather than proactive measures that anticipate threats and try to make them harmless. These applications have a major role to play, but are not enough in themselves.
Behind reactive security measures is the much broader field of architectural security: How to set up a secure system to prevent security breaches, how to minimize breaches if they occur, and how react to an intrusion and recover from it if it happens. NewsForge | Nine principles of security architecture
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