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Re: DANTE CERT Service

  • To: Lars-Johan Liman < >
  • From: Piet Beertema < >
  • Date: Thu, 15 Dec 1994 14:01:43 +0100
  • Cc:
    poole@localhost (Simon Poole),
    "Claus Kalle" < >

    	My impression is that the role of providing neutral ground for
    	organizations like CERTs should/can be taken over by federations
    	like EurOpen for Europe and the respective national groups like
    	EurOpen.SE (Sweden), GUUG (Germany), NLUUG (The Netherlands) & UKUUG
    	(United Kingdom) and the others.
    Would that really be a good idea? Those organisations are to my
    knowledge purely Unix oriented.
They were. But times have changed and lots of organisations
that have or refer to "Unix" in their name are now no longer
focused only on that operating system.

    Would they be very interested in pursuing security problems with
    VAX/VMS, MS Windows and MacOS?
I'd suggest you visit one of the conferences of the mentioned
organisations. Then you'll see that they cover a broad range
of issues outside those related to Unix alone.

    No, it has to be an independent organisation.
Yes, it has to be an independent organisation.

    Actually, it shouldn't even be related to networking, but
    to *computing*!
Computing by itself doesn't bring much risk. Computing with
broken or "contaminated" software brings risks. Even more so
does networking, since it's the ideal "carrier" for all risks
related to computers in general. So the organisation really
should be closely related to networking, or in close contact
with an an organisation related to networking.


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