Tech Outlook 2004: A Look Ahead at Security
Until companies treat security as a serious responsibility, instead of as a cost center that doesn't contribute to the bottom line, the negative trend in security will only get worse, warns eWEEK's Jim Rapoza.In last years Tech Outlook, we predicted that 2003 would be like most other years when it came to security. We were wrong. It was one of the worst years on record for security incidents. This was highlighted in August, which saw Blaster and SoBig and was the worst month ever for damage from worm and virus infections. We cant blame the security vendors for this downward trend. From intrusion detection and prevention systems to vulnerability scanners to firewalls and hardening scripts, weve seen security products continually improve in their ability to protect systems from common attacks. The problem is, these tools work only in the hands of a properly trained and dedicated security staff that has been given the resources and backing to secure a companys infrastructure.
Until companies treat security as a serious responsibility, instead of as a cost center that doesnt contribute to the bottom line, this negative security trend will only get worse.