Decade of Internet Security
weeks of last month marked the tenth anniversary of the inception
commercial Internet security. Internet Security Systems celebrated
a decade in business and as an industry we celebrate a decade
of securing cyberspace for all users. In the last 10 years
the Internet security industry, as well as the Internet as
a whole, has grown dramatically developing into an essential
part of mainstream culture. Looking back who ever would have
thought that our entire livelihood stemmed from a simple idea;
create a safe environment for corporations to be able to conduct
business over the Internet.
I think it is safe to say that idea came
to fruition with flying colors. We are now capable of conducting
entire business functions solely through the use of the Internet.
Direct mail has become a thing of the past and business phone
calls are near obsolete. All communications, commerce, and
business operations can be conducted entirely from ones desktop.
Unfortunately as the world we live in is deemed unsafe, so
is the world we surf in. The number of active cyber criminals
is growing by the day and the actions they partake in, including
everything from stealing bandwidth to the transferring of
viruses and worms, to intruding upon corporate networks, is
conducted with the intent to cause inconvenience and in some
instances severe network harm. With corporate networks being
vital to the every day operational success of millions of
world wide businesses, network and Internet security has never
been more necessary.
In the beginning, organizations data security
requirements were simple. Most systems utilized a password
for authentication purposes and a firewall to keep intruders
out. As technology improved and companies increasingly requested
additional capabilities to better utilize the resources of
the Internet, so too did their exposure to exploitation. The
first solutions came in way of intrusion detection systems.
Designed to analyze network traffic and alert administrators
to unusual activity, intrusion detection is presently one
of the best network security resources available. From the
inception of the intrusion detection system in the mid 1990's,
the necessity for Internet security solutions has sky rocketed.
No longer would a firewall, password, and a single intrusion
detection system keep unlawful visitors away from corporate
assets. We soon had to develop virus scanners, spam filters,
network intrusion detection, host intrusion detection, intrusion
prevention, encryption, and a plethora of others. Once those
were developed and packed on to corporate servers you would
think it would be safe right? Wrong. Now we were safe from
outside intruders for the time being, but what about the internal
threats? We then had to begin protecting networks from disgruntled
employees, inexperienced administrators, and other inside
people who could pose a threat. Enter the widely held usage
of internal access controls, application filters, and content
filters. So now we are done right? Wrong. All these threats
evolve as quickly (if not faster) then the technology itself,
so in order to stay completely secure, all of these applications
and security mechanisms have to be maintained, updated, and
be forced to evolve with the growing and ever-changing risk
factors. That is a lot of security.
Internet security is a marathon; a race against time. As an
industry we have to outsmart hackers and cyber vandals before
they outsmart us. We have to continue to innovate in hopes
of one day reaching the goal of an Internet utopia. Is that
possible? Probably not. As we get smarter so will those trying
to exploit the technology the Internet provides. What we can
do is never give up the pursuit and after 10 full years of
trying, I don't imagine that we ever will.
Wreski, CEO Guardian Digital, Inc.
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How do I go about identifying an attempt at email
A. Unknowing users comply with
these instructions thinking they are providing the information
to a trusted source and in actuality are providing their
personal information to a criminal. These actions can
result in unlawful transfer of money, unauthorized payments,
and other illegal acts. The best defense against this
type of activity would be to not divulge any personal
information over email. If you receive an email message
asking for information, be sure to telephone the requesting
company first to confirm the legitimacy of the message.
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& Tips from Experts
constantly reaffirm, proper IT security is essential to the
growth and technical evolution of the Internet and a key component
to security is awareness. It is common knowledge that an educated
administrator or user will be more adeptly able to secure
their network and/or desktop, but education can not stop with
proper configurations and programming techniques. It is important
that administrators and users alike remain informed about
the consistent and ever-changing Internet threats facing their
network, keep abreast of latest technology offerings and security
techniques, and most importantly keep on top of security advisories
and updates. Remaining informed with all the latest information
is essential but can understandingly be overwhelming and time
consuming. There are a myriad of online resources available
to help administrators and users understand IT security, keep
up-to-date with the latest industry news, vendor announcements,
and vulnerability advisories. Below are a few highly regarded
and qualified security references.
Be sure to explore
the contents of these sites on a regular basis along with
those of your chosen IT hardware and software vendors; news,
vendor offerings, and advisories are updated daily.
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informative expert advice on what network security really
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