These Stanford panels have gotten worse, is a phrase I never thought I'd say. But the truly painful hour of reality TV above needs jazzing up more than the last season of Glee, so here is my attempt to help, with some questions that might be useful to ask next time. But before I do, a quick Twitter conversation with Aaron Portnoy, who used to work at Exodus. I mention him specifically because Logan Brown, the CEO of Exodus, is the one person on the panel who has experience with the subject matter.
|Aaron worked at Exodus before their disclosure policy change (aka, business model pivot). This followup is also interesting.|
Let's take a look at why these panels happen - based on the very technical method of who sponsors them, as displayed by the sad printouts taped on the table methodology. . .
The single most poisonous idea to keep getting hammered through these panels by people without operational experience of any kind is the idea that the government will use a vulnerability and then give it to vendors. The only possible way to break through to people how much of a non-starter this is is to look at it from the other direction with some sample devil's advocate questions:
|Some things are obvious even to completely random twitter users...yet never really brought up at Stanford panels on the subject?|
- What are the OPSEC issues with this plan?
- How do we handle non-US vendors, including Russian/Chinese/Iranian vendors?
- How do we handle our exploit supply chain?
- Are vulnerabilities linked?
- What impact will this really have, and do we have any hard data to support this impact on our security?
- Should we assume that defense will always be at a disadvantage and hence stockpiling exploit capability is not needed?
- Why are we so intent on this with software vulnerabilities and not the US advantage in cryprtographic-math? Should we require the NSA publish their math journals as well?
- What do we do when vulnerability vendors refuse to sell to us if their vulns are at risk of exposure
- What do we do when the price for vulnerabilities goes up X 100? Is this a wise use of taxpayer money?
Just a start. :)