Protecting the Future

By John Thompson  |  Posted 2004-04-08 Print this article Print

To realize the full potential of a securely connected world we must create an attitude, or culture, of security. First, the industry must build security into the application design from the beginning. That means writing bulletproof code and shipping products secure out of the box. Next, we need to realize that there is no fundamental difference between the wired and the wireless world. With that in mind, wireless security policies should integrate into existing IT policies... not developed separately.

Beyond that we need to raise awareness of security. Enterprises need to understand that they should secure multiple layers with multiple technologies and small businesses and consumers should understand the simple steps they can take to secure their PCs and networked devices. Once were successful in establishing this culture of security businesses and individuals will trust that technologies are secure and will be quicker to embrace new technologies. Then the future will be full of endless possibilities.

John W. Thompson is Chairman and CEO of Symantec Corp. If you would like to contact Symantec regarding this article, please send email to Melissa Martin, public relations manager, at

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