With Great Security Comes Too Much Trust

If you are looking to secure something, whether that be a computer, network, house or anything else, then your ambition should, surely, be to make it so secure that it ceases to offer any kind of risk at all.

If your security measures are so good, so infallible, then the trust in them will be rock solid and so they will cease to be a point of worry or concern.

And thats a good thing isn’t it?


Maybe. Maybe not.

In much the same way that Mac users were once extremely complacent about the risks of malware on their systems, some Canadians seem to have placed too much trust in their bank notes.

Canada’s polymer $100 bills were meant to go a long way in terms of reducing counterfeiting but it is still happening all the same –

“Because the polymer series’ notes are so secure … there’s almost an overconfidence among retailers and the public in terms of when you sort of see the strip, the polymer looking materials, everybody says ‘oh, this one’s going to be good because you know it’s impossible to counterfeit,'” he said.

“So people don’t actually check it.”

So I guess there are a few lessons to be learned here –

  • Nothing is ever 100% secure, even if you think it is
  • If you claim something can’t be broken/copied/etc then you can bet your life that someone will try to prove you wrong
  • Humans really are the weakest link when it comes to security – we like to get the job done with the least effort so if we think we don’t need to verify a security measure then we won’t.

photo: wilsonhui

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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