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Thinking like an engineer; thinking like a security pro

From Bruce Schneier’s “Inside the Twisted Mind of the Security Professional” (Wired: 20 March 2008):

This kind of thinking is not natural for most people. It’s not natural for engineers. Good engineering involves thinking about how things can be made to work; the security mindset involves thinking about how things can be made to fail. It involves thinking like an attacker, an adversary or a criminal. You don’t have to exploit the vulnerabilities you find, but if you don’t see the world that way, you’ll never notice most security problems.

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