Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Real Bad IDea 

Courtesy of AlterNet, Bruce Schneier, who is an expert on security of all kinds, elaborates on something I mentioned before in my post below on Real ID. It will do nothing to stop terrorism -- but it will make us more vulnerable to a host of problems, including simplified identity theft.
My argument may not be obvious, but it's not hard to follow, either. It centers around the notion that security must be evaluated not based on how it works, but on how it fails.

It doesn't really matter how well an ID card works when used by the hundreds of millions of honest people that would carry it. What matters is how the system might fail when used by someone intent on subverting that system: how it fails naturally, how it can be made to fail, and how failures might be exploited.
Go read what he has to say, especially if you don't think Real ID is a bad idea. It's rather eye-opening...

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