Download PDF by Doug Howard: Security 2020 : reduce security risks this decade

By Doug Howard

Determine genuine safeguard dangers and bypass the hype After years of targeting IT safety, we discover that hackers are as lively and potent as ever. This publication supplies program builders, networking and safeguard pros, those who create criteria, and CIOs a simple examine the truth of cutting-edge IT defense and a sobering forecast of what to anticipate within the subsequent decade. It debunks the media hype and Read more...

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Indd 20 11/15/2010 12:49:39 PM Chapter 1 n What Has History Shown Us? ” This phrase also implies that we should learn from the past because, if it is true that history repeats itself, our previous experiences can be used to make better decisions in the future. Unfortunately, our culture and collective mindset is such that we will likely continue to make the same mistakes again and again until some big catastrophe occurs, creating fear, uncertainty, and doubt. We will give up more freedoms in the false hope of becoming safer and more secure.

A system under the command and control of a hacker can go system by system, IP address by IP address, and scan for vulnerabilities on any other Internet system. Once a vulnerable system is found, it can exploit that system, install back-door software and Trojan horses, and almost immediately start using the new system to scan, compromise, spread, and infect other systems. These automated applications are freely available on the Internet with point-and-click graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that nearly anyone can use.

That legislation has had large-scale ramifications on information security and privacy. What caused Americans to accept such a controversial piece of legislation as the Patriot Act? Was it the physical damage and monetary loss caused by terrorists plunging two airplanes into the World Trade Center buildings and one into the Pentagon, resulting in a stock market drop, short-term recession, and new laws that stripped Americans of many of their basic freedoms? Perhaps in part. Was acceptance of the Patriot Act driven more by the loss of 2,976 lives?

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