Ziff Davis Security Supersite: Blocking the Bad Guys

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2003-02-24 Print this article Print

There are a lot of jerks out there, and you have to protect your computers from them. Larry Seltzer is here to help.

It really burns me up that security should be an issue at all with computers. That it is, I believe, says more about societys failures in teaching right and wrong than it does about computers. But security issues have always been there with computers. With the Internet, which makes all our computers accessible to all the others, we have made ourselves vulnerable to each other. Turns out were not very trustworthy: When your computers interact with other computers, you have to protect yourself. Ziff Davis Medias new Security Supersite will give you one place to access the security resources from PC Magazine, eWEEK and elsewhere. We will give you links to important security sites beyond Ziff. We will also create some custom security-related content that we hope will be useful to you.
Security is not just a complicated topic; its a diverse one. Most people are aware of issues arising from computer viruses even if they dont understand how they work. We will also present content related to securing personal computers, home and business networks from outside attack. We will try to keep you informed about developments in the computer security field in private industry, in academia and in the technical security community on the Internet.
Security issues for businesses and consumers are different, and for large enterprises they are complex enough to require dedicated staff. Were going to explore issues and products for all types of users and point you to resources for more information. Were all interested in consumer security issues because were all consumers at home, and lots of us have kids we want to protect from the dirt under the fingernails of the Internet. Nevertheless, most of the famous and costly security issues on the Net, like the recent Slammer SQL Server worm, are largely enterprise issues. Theyre the big game in the security field, and well be on them like white on rice. Because most of us use Windows, most important end-user security issues are Windows issues. But Windows isnt everything; it doesnt have a monopoly on security problems. Well keep you informed about important security developments across client and server platforms, including the many facets of Unix. My name is Larry Seltzer and Ive been working in the computer industry for almost 20 years. I started out as a programmer writing commercial software, then in-house corporate applications, and then I found my way to product testing. I was technical director of testing labs at PC Week (now eWEEK) and PC Magazine. Ive been following the industry closely since before people cared about computer security. Twice a week Ill be spouting off about security matters here. Twice a week is a lot for a columnist, but unfortunately the number of security issues out there is distressingly large. I hope to write about a very broad selection of subjects—from viruses, to physically securing computers themselves, to computer forensics, and on and on. Please e-mail me with your own opinions and information about security and about this site. Im interested in hearing from you. Larry Seltzer has been working in the computer industry and writing about it since 1983.
Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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