During his opening talk at the Black Hat 2017 conference, Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief security officer, talked about preventing actual damages and being OK with compromises — things that every information security specialist should be doing. This CSO at Facebook is no slouch: His team has been protecting a really complex IT system and 2 billion users’ worth of data.
According to Stamos, the security industry suffers from several adolescent problems, the main one being nihilism. That means specialists prefer to focus on “fancy,” technically complex security problems and vulnerabilities, not on the ones that cause real damage and jeopardize a large number of people.
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