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Integrity - use of values or principles to guide action in the situation at hand.

Below are links and discussion related to the values of freedom, hope, trust, privacy, responsibility, safety, and well-being, within business and government situations arising in the areas of security, privacy, technology, corporate governance, sustainability, and CSR.

The latest Worst-Case Worm research paper, 8.6.04

Nicholas Weaver and Vern Paxson, International Computer Science Institute, nweaver@icsi.berkeley.edu vern@icir.org

May 5, 2004


Worms represent a substantial economic threat to the U.S.
computing infrastructure. An important question is how
much damage might be caused, as this figure can serve
as a guide to evaluating how much to spend on defenses.
We construct a parameterized worst-case analysis based
on a simple damage model, combined with our understanding
of what an attack could accomplish. Although
our estimates are at best approximations, we speculate
that a plausible worst-case worm could cause $50 billion
or more in direct economic damage by attacking widelyused
services in Microsoft Windows and carrying a highly
destructive payload.

[CLB] Recall the Warhol worm, and all the study done on zero day worms? This paper does not diverge in the basics, merely in quantitive initial assumptions, such as having a small nation state at your disposal. Still, the cost due to worm outbreaks of even a small perentage desicrbed in the paper add up quickly.


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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"


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