Or wasting our time trying?
Amrit's latest post has me thinking about what's been one of our brew pub round table topics lately.
There is an old joke about the hikers who cross paths with a grizzly bear. The first hiker immediately takes off his hiking boots and puts on his running shoes.
The second hiker: “why are you doing that - you can’t out run the bear”.
First hiker: “I don’t need to out run the bear, I only need to outrun you”.
In a sense, if hacking today is focused on profit rather than challenge or ego, as perhaps it once was, then the miscreants will likely follow the least cost or least resistance path to their goal (marketable data, marketable botnets). If that is true, our goal needs to be to outrun the other hikers, not the bear.
Fortunately there appears to be a limitless supply of slow hikers (clueless developers, sysadmins, security people and their leadership, or more likely - competent developers, sysadmins and security people led astray by clueless leadership).
We need to focus on out running them, not the bear.