Friday, March 26, 2004

Appliances are better?

Tim Chiu says "appliances are better" but I'm not sure I'm taking the bite. The devices he's talking about are just computers devoted to running the same software. I dislike the blackbox approach as it promotes the seriously bad idea of "plug it in and it works". This paradigm only works if technology and threats do not change. Or, if you buy a managed box, you have to trust someone with no interest in your busines to protect it.

In reading the article, it appears that the main argument is the usual standardization, one-size-fits-all approach to network security. Sorry, but I don't buy it. While using the best technologies is a good idea, you also have to take into account what you're protecting. Just like IDS's, anti-spam devices have to be "tuned" to work properly.

Guess that means that I agree with Ken Schneider.