Cybersecurity as a Service
by Brent Kirkpatrick
(Date Published: 5/18/2018.)
Some people sell a piece of hardware or a computer program as "security." Such a purchase can only keep your network safe until the next new hack comes out. Even AI approaches to detection require constant human supervision.
Alan Turing's and Alonzo Church's thesis about computability, done in 1936, proves that security can only be consistently delivered as a service. They formalized the notion of what can be computed by a computer algorithm. It turns out that some problems are undecidable (or not computable), for example, program verification. This means there is no computer program that can verify the correct implementation of another computer program. We take this to mean that no algorithm can guarantee security.
Cybersecurity is mathematically guaranteed to be a service---a service delivered by skilled professionals. If someone sold you a supposedly bullet-proof piece of software or hardware, it is time to take a hard look at your security plan.
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