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From: jeremiah at nur.net (Jeremiah Cornelius)
Subject: Top 15 Reasons Why Admins Use Security Scan ners

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On Wednesday 28 April 2004 14:25, Stuart Fox (DSL AK) wrote:
> And some more things for you to think about
>
> > Just some things to think about...
> >
> > > Top 15 Reasons Why Admins Use Security Scanners
> >
> > Question: Should admins be using security scanners?
>
> Someone should be. ?Admins should be to confirm that their environment is
> in the state that they believe it to be.

Yes!

I look at software development for an analogy.
Just because developers should not be tasked with maintaining metrics and 
configurations for validating QA targets, it does not follow that they 
shouldn't 'smoke-test' or perform individual unit checks against the derived 
objects of code they are about to commit.  It would be irresponsible /not/ to 
check...

But having done so, development is not entitled to the claim that the code is 
defect free, and meets all requirements.  The independent validation and 
measurement is still requisite.  So Admins can claim "due care" - without 
asserting policy compliance or eliminating audit requirements. 
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