The Washington Post has an article today about Sean Gorman, a student who, as his project for a geography dissertation, mapped out all of the fiber optic lines in America, and the businesses that they connect to. Needless to say, plenty of corporate and security types are up in arms because he’s created a “roadmap for terrorism.” Why is it that in the world of security people are always so eager to shoot the messenger? Gorman compiled his dissertation using information that was available in the public domain — if he could do it, so can terrorists. Granted, if they could get ahold of his maps it would save them some work, but shouldn’t the focus be on studying the maps to figure out where more redundancy is needed and which chokepoints need better security rather than on obsessing over the convenient packaging of publicly available information?