Orange is the New Green



  • I use that term a lot, after 9/11 in the US "orange alert" is what they meant when there was no danger at all. When everything is an emergency, nothing is. So orange status became the new green and instead of making people more alert, we simply eliminated the ability to warn people at all. Now red means orange, orange means green and there is no way to make people actually pay attention as nothing is the new red.

    Likewise with all of the new scares about malware from security vendors, we are getting too much. There is always malware, there is always a threat, but we need to save the panic for when things are really bad.

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/2836317/security/stop-hyping-every-new-security-threat.html



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    e that term a lot, after 9/11 in the US "orange alert" is what they meant when there was no danger at all. When everything is an emergency, nothing is. So orange status became the new green and instead of making people more alert, we simply eliminated the ability to warn people at all. Now red means orange, orange means green and there is no way to make people actually pay attention as nothing is the new red.

    Yeah I saw another report this morning about Staples having a breach, and it was malware this malware that, and not really on how they probably pulled a Home Depot and hired a hack for their head of IT security. (speculation yes).

    I prefer to be always vigilant, instead of always afraid.



  • It's a handy cover to blame malware for lacking security precautions.



  • @Bill-Kindle said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    e that term a lot, after 9/11 in the US "orange alert" is what they meant when there was no danger at all. When everything is an emergency, nothing is. So orange status became the new green and instead of making people more alert, we simply eliminated the ability to warn people at all. Now red means orange, orange means green and there is no way to make people actually pay attention as nothing is the new red.

    Yeah I saw another report this morning about Staples having a breach, and it was malware this malware that, and not really on how they probably pulled a Home Depot and hired a hack for their head of IT security. (speculation yes).

    I prefer to be always vigilant, instead of always afraid.

    Staples got hacked? I'm not surprised. Their infrastructure is ancient!


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