The New Attack Pattern
Opinion: Danger still lurks, but things have gotten a lot better for the average computer user.Ive written many columns arguing that things are getting better for the average user over time, and I still feel that way. Its not just that the tools to protect yourself against attacks are becoming more accessible and affordable. The pattern of attacks by the malicious code crowd has changed. Remember the widespread mass-mailer attacks of years ago? Those attacks are still out there and will be for a long time, but I doubt theyre infecting many new systems these days. And the mass network worm attacks like Sasser and Blaster are still in the background, but patched long ago, and no new vulnerabilities have emerged for a long time to allow such attacks. eWEEK Labs says that Vista takes Security up a notch, but that the new features will have greater impact on consumers than corporations. Click here to read more.
In the meantime, defenses have shored up, especially in business. Effective network-level protection is cheap compared to the risks of not using it. Even a simple NAT box blocks a huge percentage of threats.