Tenable Network Security Podcast Episode 188 - "Upgrading is Hard to Do"
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Discussion & Highlighted Plugins
- "Upgrading is Hard To Do" - It can be a really tough thing to leave your current revision of given software, operating system, or hardware. However, sometimes vendors bundle features, bug fixes, and security fixes into a major upgrade. I'm a bit torn on this issue. On one hand, it's great that vendors are fixing security-related issues. On the other hand, it's not good that we as the end user do not have a choice between features and security updates. There is likely software compatibility issues that are keeping you tied to a particular OS release. Believe me, as an OS X user, I get that. I use many different software applications on OS X for video/audio editing, screen capture movie creation, still image screen capture, and blog editing -- this list goes on and on. An OS upgrade could render any number of those applications useless, leaving me stuck not able to do my job. What can we do to help fix this problem?
- SCADA "Security" - I recently led a panel discussion with four SCADA security experts. It was a really interesting conversation; very troubling as well. It seems that both the vendors and the consumers in the majority of cases are not incentivized by security. Cost is a major factor, even more so than other industries, due to the governmental nature of the businesses in this industry. We discussed topics such as regulations, "air-gapped security," and proper testing of control systems. What are your thoughts on these issues? How can Tenable products help with the assessment portion?
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