IT to Play Central Role in Terrorist Fight
Security begins at home. And for the IT manager, that means the server room, where the Internet has brought not only the promise of a worldwide audience but also the threat of worms, hackers and cyber-terrorism.Security begins at home. And for the IT manager, that means the server room, where the Internet has brought not only the promise of a worldwide audience but also the threat of worms, hackers and cyber-terrorism. As the United States mobilizes to shore up security at airports and public gathering spaces and in the countrys infrastructure, the IT industry has a central role to playa role that not only makes business sense but also is important in the unfolding war on terror. In the same week that the terrorist destruction of the World Trade Center took place, the Nimda worm ran rampant through the Internet. While there may not be any overt connection between the two events, the continued marauding of worms and viruses across the Net only reinforces a general anxiety about living in an insecure world and a specific feeling that the Net will never be a place where real business can be conducted.
In the past, much of enterprise IT security has been built around firewalls or monitoring products meant to keep the bad guys out. While that is fine for providing a sense of relief that you avoided the virus that halted the company down the hall, it doesnt do much to solve the problem. Thats one of the reasons we found so much to like in the LaBrea 2.0 worm buster. Not only is it effective in helping you keep your network worm-free, it also stops the propagation of the worm. Of course, the other thing we liked was the price, which is free for the download.