Treating the symptoms
Sometimes treating the symptoms is all you can do - but it's never the optimal solution, because it does nothing to effect a real cure and it doesn't prevent the problem from recurring. Going after the underlying cause of our physical pain or our security breaches is the only way to get rid of the real problem.
In this article in Security Week, Joshua Goldfarb discusses how IT security professionals can address the real security problems rather than just the symptoms of those problems. Check it out: