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From: jonathan at nuclearelephant.com (Jonathan A. Zdziarski)
Subject: Corporate Information Security
	Accountability Act of 2003

[Reference: http://www.nuclearelephant.com/papers/symantec.html]

If Symantec has it their way, they will want to make it illegal to
distribute any information on vulnerabilities, diagnostic tools, and
exploit code...leaving companies like them in a position where they will
be necessary to the correct operation of a publicly traded company, and
nobody to audit the auditors (for QA, back doors, etc.)

Take it one step further and these companies could easily operate under
a shroud of information secrecy enabling them to generate their own new
exploits "in the wild" as a means of increasing revenue keeping
corporations in fear of violating securities law by not having a weekly
audit for $100,000.

I guess I must be paranoid.

On Tue, 2003-11-04 at 15:25, Chris Sharp wrote:
> I'd bet my ass that ISS/Foundstone/Qualys is behind
> this somewhere. Most security companies bottom line
> would benefit from this, but the people building the
> automated scanning tools can suddenly market
> themselves as objective security auditing tools. These
> expensive pieces of software suddenly become standards
> against which your security is measured. 



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