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ask /.: Why not Linux for Security?

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 2 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "In Friday's story about IBM's ban on Cloud storage there was much agreement, such as: "My company deals with financial services. We are not allowed to access Dropbox either."

So why isn't Linux the first choice for all financial services? I don't know any lawyers, financial advisers, banks, etc that don't use Windows. I switched to Linux in 2005 — I'm well aware that it's not perfect. But the compromises have been so trivial compared to the complete relief from dealing with Windows security failings.

Even if we set aside responsibility and liability, business already do spend a /lot/ of money and time on trying to secure Windows, and cleaning up after it. Linux/Unix should already be a first choice for the business world, yet it's barely even known of. It doesn't make sense. Please discuss; this could use some real insight. And let's at least try to make the flames +5 funny."

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It is management by certification. (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | more than 2 years ago | (#40114909)

It is management by certification.
Most managers cannot make technical qualification or performance decisions
on their own. Thus the ECO system with the most certificates wins.

This implies that there are a lot of things to be trained on and also a lot
of things that need fixing. To this end Windowz seems to excel.
Hidden in this is the analogy of bubbles.

Two bubbles connected by a pipe. The small one appears to get sucked into the
big one. Then there is the management problem in that the larger staff is
associated with the weaker and less worthy system. This large staff
pushes a manager or three higher in the org chart and closer to the ear of
the man/ women with the bucks. The more productive tight little group goes
poof and the profits go bust.

I would assert() that any computer company that has more IT folk supporting their internal
users than they have supporting their own customer has been asleep at the ejectem
button.

Summary: lack of technical acumen by management at all levels.

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