December 12th, 2003

amused, silly, ha ha only serious

Shark Tank: The Army way

Flashback to the 1980s, at an Army base where computer security policies are intended to be very, very tight, according to a civilian pilot fish working there.

"Passwords have to be changed on a regular basis," fish says. "Users aren't even allowed to choose their own passwords. Lists get sent out over a secure, encrypted network to local contacts who distribute the new obscure passwords to the users."

Fish hasn't been on base for long when he's called in for his first password-change cycle.

The guy in charge of passwords puts a sheet of paper in front of fish and drawls, "Sign next to your name to acknowledge receipt of your new password."

Fish looks at the sheet of paper. He points to the string of digits, letters and special characters next to his name. "Is this my new password?" he asks.

"Yes, sir," password guy tells him.

Fish moves his finger a fraction of an inch higher on the page. "And is this Sherry's new password?" he asks.

"Yes, sir."

Fish moves his finger a little down the page. "And is this Bob's new password?"

"Yes, sir."

And under the uncomprehending gaze of the password guy, fish sighs, signs and shakes his head.
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