HiR Reading Room: Home Security Methodology Vacation Guide

I ran across this on SecurityFocus' Pen-Test list today.  It's a methodology for vacationers, taken from a hardcore security nerd standpoint.

Click here (or on the image to the left) to check it out.
Homes are both an asset and a form of protection for our assets. They are unique in that they have both a real and a personal (nostalgic) value. Securing our homes and making them safe for the ones we share it with is often more difficult than it should be. We want to live in a secure home but we don't want to feel like we live in a prison. But then we go on vacation! We want to make sure that our house can be converted into a fortress for our belongings, a safe haven for any family members staying behind, and a refuge for us to return to. To do this, we need to know security and of all the things we can secure about our home. This guide aims to be that course of action.

The guide follows the HSM methodology. In that methodology, you learn that security, the means of separating threats from assets, is the best way to avoid an attack. Then should an attack occur anyway, we cover the controls which you can have in place to thwart the threat or minimize damages. Therefore this guide will have you securing home before you are expected to find ways of controlling various, common threats. The concepts may seem as odd to you as a practice for protecting your assets. Part of the problem is that much of the existing security concepts are built upon old research. Some of these concepts you know about security may no longer be true if they had ever been true. Some current practices evolved from faulty logic, faulty or improperly conducted statistical surveys, urban folklore, and old, regional, or knee-jerk legislation.

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