Ignorance: The Hackers' Best Friend

    Date15 Apr 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3152
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The IT community has developed checklists of must-have technologies and accepted best practices for solid protection, but even the most vigilant enterprise IT professionals have been forced into reactionary postures by ceaseless new vulnerabilities, increasingly sophisticated hacker tools and heightened threats of cyber-terrorism. Security in depth is critical to business continuity and customer trust, but challenges to that level of security can seem insurmountable.. . . The IT community has developed checklists of must-have technologies and accepted best practices for solid protection, but even the most vigilant enterprise IT professionals have been forced into reactionary postures by ceaseless new vulnerabilities, increasingly sophisticated hacker tools and heightened threats of cyber-terrorism. Security in depth is critical to business continuity and customer trust, but challenges to that level of security can seem insurmountable.

    The goal of this eWEEK Special Report is to provide a leg up. We gathered security experts from the research and vendor communities--The SANS Institute, Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Symantec Corp.--for a roundtable discussion that examined the relative securability of Web-based computing and the role of the vendor community and enterprise IT in creating or magnifying risks. Oracle put "unbreakable" in perspective and advocated working with and not against hackers, while Microsoft addressed the "Is it a feature or a bug?" question. Symantec and Sun focused on end-user responsibility, while SANS addressed the practical problems of system configuration. The complete transcript of the roundtable will be available soon at www.eweek.com, as will audio highlights of the conversation.

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