Keeping Security Vendors in Business
Opinion: I always wonder if computer security companies around this time of year take a moment to give thanks to all the malicious hackers and Internet crime syndicates.I always wonder if computer security companies around this time of year take a moment to give thanks to all the malicious hackers and Internet crime syndicates, and to Windows or any other security-challenged piece of software, without which they would not have a reason to be in business. Of course, they also shouldnt forget a special thanks to the millions of users out there who leave their computers vulnerable to attack despite the many security resources available to them. At eWEEK and eWEEK Labs, we have always tried to hold all partiesdevelopers, criminals and usersresponsible for the security pandemic, which is showing no signs of slowing. If you think things are getting better, read Senior Writer Paul F. Roberts story on how 2005 will be a banner year for stealth programs such as keyloggers. More than 6,000 keylog programs will be released by the end of this year, which is a 2,000 percent increase over five years ago, according to research company iDefense. Further, this month the security situation was exacerbated by music company Sony BMG, which, through its efforts to protect its music from pirates, actually opened up customers PCs to hackers.
While no security panacea exists, there are some practices that will help make it more difficult for malware or criminals to penetrate computers in your enterprise. In eWEEK Labs this week, analysts Andrew Garcia and Jason Brooks examine system lockdown strategies that, though they may limit users from downloading a fun tool or app, will help machines from being infected or occupied by a virus. Brooks reviews GPAnywhere, a group policy manager that locks down Windows machines based on roles and policies.