The good folks at IT Knowledge Exchange and TechTarget have granted me the privilege of sharing my views on computer and network security with you. I’m proud to have this opportunity and I thank them for the opportunity.
Having worked in IT in various capacities since the early 1980’s, I’ve seen the need for security evolve from simple protection against viruses to the need for complex security policies designed to combat multiple attack vectors. These days, it takes constant vigilance to stay ahead of criminal hackers, to say nothing of terrorists; moreover, clueless users are often unwitting accomplices in security breaches. (See my article “Will You Be Used As a Weapon Against Your Own Country?“)
Today’s Internet is reminiscent of the Wild, Wild, West, only now it’s the Wild, Wild Web: Make a mistake, and you could be virtually dead before sundown, your identity stolen, your financial resources drained, your reputation ruined. Protecting yourself online seems like a daunting task, especially for the average home computer user; however, it’s not as hard as it seems, given some common sense and an understanding of basic security principles.
My goal for this blog is to provide simple, sound advice, news, and tips that will help you be more secure in your computing both at home and at the office. And the first piece of advice I’ll give you is one I consider the most basic principle of computer security, the first in my series of computer security maxims, Maxim #1: The best security measures are completely useless if you invite attackers into your PCs or networks.
In this blog, we’ll be exploring how not to invite attackers into your PCs and networks as well as a myriad of other topics. I hope you’ll join me in my explorations and ruminations, and I look forward to your comments and contributions.