Forecast & Review: Security

Mark Edmead, site expert

There are so many areas of concern regarding Windows security that it's hard to point a finger at any particular one. So here are five:

  • Virus attacks will rise. The trend has increased yearly and 2002 will be no different. This highlights the importance of having virus protection software installed on your e-mail gateways and on e-mail client machines. Make sure the virus signatures are updated periodically.
  • E-mail continues to be a weak spot.We will see an increase of macro-based virus attacks as well as Trojan horses. It is important to adopt the following policy: Do not auto execute email attachments unless you verify the source of the email and the contents of the attachment.
  • How safe is Windows XP? The jury is still out on this one, but be prepared for vulnerability announcements for the newest operating release from Microsoft.
  • Increased disaster planning. The September 11th attacks served as a wake up call for companies without an adequate business continuity and/or disaster recovery plan. This coming year, companies will begin to take a hard look at their business processes and critical IT systems to see if they offer adequate protection.
  • What is steganography? Steganography is the science of hiding data in different sources including text, audio, and video. Osama Bin Laden reportedly used steganography to hide
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