Bill Cheswick gave a fabulous presentation at the N.I.T.E.S conference in Dublin on March 1st entitled “My dad’s computer”. Ches’s dad’s PC was unprotected against malware and hence was chock-a-block with viruses, Trojans, spam and other digital detritus. Ches made the point that his dad has virtually no interest in or understanding of the technology and security implications, he simply wants to use his system in peace. Bill’s dad is all around us. Ches went on to describe his approach to securing his own systems with a heavy emphasis on hardening them by removing all unnecessary network services - ideally hard enough that firewalls are unnecessary. Thanks Ches!
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