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a personal history lesson
Systems and security have matured in parallel, but some still appreciate the good old
I remember the excitement I felt after seeing the banner and saying, "Awesome, I'm online! Now what?"
I had some friends who warned me not to forget the floppy drive inside, because the Michelangelo virus was in circulation. Nobody knew much about what that meant, but we started buying antivirus software. There weren't many options back then, so I got my F-Prot package on a floppy that you installed and set up in about a minute. Also, now I had a reason to log in to my BBS [bulletin board system] to download the antivirus definitions once a week.
Back then there was not too much worry about security in the corporate IT environment--not on Novell or on NT 3.5. My first manager once said to me, "This NT box runs non-stop for three months, and then it crashes itself. What is the reason to patch it? Or even install antivirus to slow it down?" Of course this all changed once viruses began hitting the boxes, and we were staying all weekend to rebuild them. Then our mindset shifted to paranoia, and we started the patching process.
This was first published in October 2008