Steve Bellovin writes:
>Anyway, I disagree with your assessment. In a world of multi-gigabyte
>8 mm tapes, I think that trying to shut the electronic door that way is
Unfortunately, Steve's answer is that of the technologist.
I doubt that any of us will argue that he's wrong, but there are LOADS
of corporate data security cops who CANNOT accept that as an argument.
This is because if I sneak out a tape, they can explain to their boss
that I stole a tape. If I sneak out data over the network, they have
to explain to their boss (who most likely won't know beans about
networking or even computers*) how it happened.
The technical problems are usually dwarfed by the political
*Speaking in principle, not about any organization in particular.