Application Security Is a Stack

On December 22, 1944 the German General von Lüttwitz sent an ultimatum to Gen. McAuliffe, whose forces (the Screaming Eagles, in case you were curious) were encircled in the city Bastogne. McAuliffe’s now famous reply was, “Nuts!” which so confounded the German general that it gave the 101st time to hold off the Germans reinforcements arrived four days later.
This little historical tidbit illustrates perfectly the issue with language, and how it can confuse two different groups of people who interpret even a simple word like “nuts” in different ways. In the case of information security, such a difference can have as profound an impact as that of McAuliffe’s famous reply.

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