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Black Hat 2013: A Point-Counterpoint

An old friend and seasoned veteran of the security industry, Alan Shimel, was quick to pounce on my statement yesterday that there is nothing new happening in security; that we're simply trying to find more effective ways to deal with the same old problems.

Alan does make some valid points, especially the argument that there has been advancement on the technology side of things. I was speaking more to the messaging you see among vendors who often come to these shows preaching what they see as new trends that in reality are old challenges. I was also making the case that this stuff doesn't have to be new to be important.

Because I love a good point-counterpoint, I'm now sending you to Alan's post. Read and judge for yourselves:

To think otherwise is getting lost in the trees missing the forrest

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It's very much a matter of perspective. In one sense, technological advances don't fundamentally change the security world at all.

In "Warfighting: MCDP1" by the Marine Corps., they argue that "War is fundamentally a dynamic process of human competition requiring both the knowledge of science and the creativity of art but driven ultimately by the power of the human will." Although they are discussing war, it really applies to any adversarial conflict: it's all about wearing out the adversary.

Because of this, it can sometimes feel that technological advances aren't "big" after being in the field for awhile.

However, it's precisely the back-and-forth of new technology and applications of it that embodies modern conflicts -- to forget this means, well, you lose! :-)