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10 tips from Benjamin Franklin for System Admins

Mar 10, 2009, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Streicher)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Ask anyone about Benjamin Franklin, and you'll likely hear about his experiments with electricity, his participation in the founding of the United States, and his invention of bifocals (see Figure 1). Less well known but nonetheless impressive, Franklin also advocated the adoption of paper currency, printed money with innovative anti-counterfeiting techniques, established the United States Postal Service, and formed the colonies' first fire department--the Union Fire Company-- Philadelphia in 1736. In fact, centuries before Smokey the Bear, Franklin proffered sound fire safety advice, famously stating, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Wise words and pertinent to this very day--espcially if you're a UNIX systems administrator.

"Franklin on security
"Distrust and caution are the parents of security." Keeping a system secure is difficult. There are no magic bullets and no product you can purchase and install to definitively protect against all threats. Instead, defending a system requires constant vigilance to create, find, apply, test, and adjust any number of individual measures. (A little) paranoia is also healthy.

"Acknowledging the ephemeral nature of security, Franklin cheekily said, "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead." Here are some actions you can take to better protect your system:"

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