Updating the Traditional Security Model
On the Firewall Wizards mailing list last year, Dave Piscitello made a fascinating observation. Commenting on the traditional four-step security model:
Authentication (who are you)
Authorization (what are you allowed to do)
Availability (is the data accessible)
Authenticity (is the data intact)
This model is no longer sufficient because it does not include asserting the trustworthiness of the endpoint device from which a (remote) user will authenticate and subsequently access data. Network admission and endpoint control are needed to determine that the device is free of malware (esp. key loggers) before you even accept a keystroke from a user. So let's prepend "admissibility" to your list, and come up with a 5-legged stool, or call it the Pentagon of Trust.
He's 100% right.
Posted on August 1, 2006 at 2:03 PM • 54 Comments