Comdex Panel Ponders Security and Open Source
Many companies still don't understand the urgency of locking down their networks, experts said Monday during a panel discussion here at Comdex Las Vegas 2003. Meanwhile, Windows and open source advocates debated relative security.LAS VEGASAlthough enterprises are continuing to invest in security technologies, many companies still dont understand the importance and urgency of locking down their networks, experts said Monday during a panel discussion here at Comdex Las Vegas 2003. The panelists, who included security vendors and analysts, all lamented the fact that many customers still seem more interested in usability and compatibility than security. Although, given that vendors over the last decade have consistently hawked those two features to the exclusion of security, the attitude in corporate America is hardly surprising. "Microsoft is really good at producing really cool stuff. Security isnt cool," said Carl Ellison, security architect at Microsoft Corp., based in Redmond, Wash. "I want to produce good stuff and customers want dancing pigs."
Part of the blame for this apathy must be laid at the feet of corporate security specialists who for years have consciously kept users and executives in the dark when it comes to security, several of the panelists said.