Email. Security and the Philosophy of Small

On the weekends, I find that I delete as much as 80 – 90% of the email I get (most of it grabbed by spam filtering) before I focus on the ones I read. It’s astonishing how much of these involving phishing or have dubious atachments.
John Robb’s post, “Getting Small,” takes a thought-provoking perspective on email, security and related issues.
He points to another post that suggests that an entire generation of young people have abandoned email. Robb notes: “I hadn’t thought of it, but my kids don’t use e-mail. They are all on peer to peer chat/voice solutions in conjunction with blogs.”
How has your use of email changed in the last few years? Are you using RSS feeds and instant messaging as alternatives to email?
Robb points to ways that he has made himself a smaller target. Given my current experiment with a MacBook Pro, I noted with interest that one method Robb discusses in “getting small” is moving to the Mac platform.
The ideas of making yourself a smaller target and living in a more diverse environment are great foundations in a security environment. I’m intrigued by Robb’s philosophy on this.
The money quote:

The more commonly used (the more ubiquitous) the ecosystem, the less secure it is. These systems represent too big a target, and they are burdened by a complexity and connectivity that makes them impossible to defend. Getting small alleviates the problem.
How small should ecosystems get? Down to the minimal level of viability (viability being defined by the minimal level of activity necessary to provide it with robustness, innovation, diversity, etc.).
How many ecosystems? The greater the diversity of the ecosystems riding on the minimal rulesets of the global platform, the more secure all of us are.

Think about it. Read the whole post, and you’ll see why Robb is one of my very favorite bloggers.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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  1. says

    Dennis,
    Great post – and the challenging thing is the ecosystem is always evolving – while my father’s generation was a “paper” generation – my generation appears to be an “email” generation – and my son’s generation appears to be an SMS/IM generation – I wonder how communication will evolve even more – and thus drive security requirments more.
    Thanks for making your readers think!