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From the Inside Looking Out--and In

The glamour in security is all about keeping the bad guys out. Statistically, though, more damage is wrought by supposed "good guys" whittling away at your network and data from the inside. In this Security Channel Podcast, David Lynch of Apani Networks talks with me about security from the inside. As things calm down (for those of us not in retail) towards the end of the year, it's time to think about our approach to security and ask whether we should be taking longer, harder looks at just how porous our defenses are from those whom we think we should be trusting. The answers, arrived at honestly, might have far-reaching effects on the way that our networks--and our security implementations--look. You can hear the podcast here.

We're coming up on the end of the year, and I'd like to do a "Most Important Events in Security for 2005" podcast to wrap things up. Of course, it will be a lot more interesting if the items on the list come from you, rather than from me, so please take a moment to send an e-mail to [email protected] telling me about your nominee for the event or events that have had the greatest impact on security during this year. If you include your contact information, I might just call and include you in that year-ending podcast. I'll look forward to your comments.

If you you haven't already subscribed to the podcast, look over to the left, you'll find the link to subscribe to the Security Channel podcast. In addition, I'd like to ask a favor. Take a minute to drop me a note at [email protected], and let me know what you'd like to hear in future podcasts. A podcast can be short or long, serious or amusing, hands-on or quite strategic. Let me know what you'd like to listen to, and we'll do our best to make it happen.

The music in this podcast is "Acid Trumpet" by Kevin MacLeod. He releases much of his music under a Creative Commons license--if you like the sound, head over to the web site and check out the rest of his music.