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Re: Your counsel on defeating DDOS Attacks

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- Steve

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Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 23:30:38 -0500
To: "Steven M. Christey" <coley@LINUS.MITRE.ORG>
From: Gene Spafford <spaf@cerias.purdue.edu>
Subject: Re: Your counsel on defeating DDOS Attacks
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At 6:33 PM -0500 2/17/00, Steven M. Christey wrote:
  >4) Often, security is not a corporate priority, which means that it is
  >under-supported financially.

And administratively.   If you can't enforce policy, it doesn't really exist.

  >1) Encourage the widespread use of strong authentication.  Encryption
  >is mentioned in the proposal, but not authentication.

Only where appropriate.   The encryption and key lookup involved slow
systems down, and can add to a DOS attack.   Furthermore, there are
many places where strong authentication is not desireable because it
reduces privacy.

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