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Securing The Trusted Base

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There have been a number of recent incidents where hackers have attacked banks, government agencies and financial services firms. Corporate security experts are hard pressed to react in a timely manner to each and every attack. DevOps provides many techniques including application baselining, build, release and deployment engineering which are essential for detecting and dealing with these problems. This article discusses how to use CM Best Practices to secure the application baseline and help you establish the trusted computing base.
 

Ken Thompson won the coveted ACM Turing award in 1983 for his contributions to the field of computing. His acceptance speech was entitled Reflections on Trusting Trust and asked the question of “to what extent should one trust a statement that a program is free of Trojan horses?” After discussing the ease with which a programmer can create a program that replicates itself (and could potentially also contain malicious code), Thompson goes on to suggest that perhaps it is more important to trust the people who wrote the software. We will provide articles in the future on how to select employees who exhibit behaviors that would indicate that they are trustworthy (hint – the trait is called conscientiousness), but lets discuss computing methods that can help deal with this problem.
 

Source code management and build engineering can help you to baseline your source code and then independently build the application release. With the right build, release and deployment practices, you can be assured that you are deploying artifacts. The trouble is how do you handle ensuring that the operating system itself is trusted. One way to handle this is to use cryptography to establish a baseline which can then be verified at any point in the future to ensure that there have been no unauthorized changes.
 

Securing the trusted base requires that you first trust the platform and then control application deployments, verifying that each file that is modified was documented and reviewed by an approved change request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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