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Network Security: Policy vs Judgement

By McKayTech ·
I'm a participant in a situation where we are trying to decide how to respond to perceived network security threats.

I'm interested in hearing whether it is more common to put faith in a policy or in the judgement of the individual who perceives the threat.

This was brought into focus by a situation in which a network administrator, acting alone, decided to block an IP based on some observations from the firewall log. Unfortunately, that IP belonged to a customer who was, at the moment, working with another member of the team in trying to resolve some connectivity problems.

Do any of you have a policy on how to respond (e.g. would approval be required before blocking a particular IP) or do you depend on each individual to use good judgement and balance security versus useability in each circumstance?

paul

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