Viruses and other malicious code inflicted billions of dollars in damage on IT shops worldwide in 2001, so it's not surprising that virus stories topped the list of best-read searchSecurity articles of 2001.
The top three stories focused on Nimda, SirCam and Goner. In fact, six of the 10 most popular stories on the site were about specific viruses. Nimda has two spots on the list.
But as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Several of the top stories provided information about preventing attack. For example, Neal O'Farrell's column "Employees: Your best defense, or your greatest vulnerability?" looks at why enterprises need to focus on educating employees about security risks.
In keeping with the human side of security, "Hacker tactics prey on gullible, curious," examines the ways hackers use human curiosity to accomplish their aims.
Did you miss any of these stories? Do you want to relive Nimda, Code Red II or Badtrans? Then look below for the top 10 searchSecurity stories of 2001.
10. Firewalls: How to choose what's right for you
There is no panacea to keep an enterprise secure, but a firewall is an important piece for this aim. Firewalls come with many features and functions, so organizations will need to analyze their specific needs. But only very large companies should attempt such projects by themselves, said Frank Prince, senior analyst at Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research
TruSecure Corp. Surgeon General Russ Cooper sits down for a question-and-answer interview with searchSecurity detailing the early hours of the Code Red II infestation, what to do to combat it and the role Internet service providers need to assume in worm warfare. Click here for the story 8. Survey: Pay raises and demand for security professionals continue to outpace other IT jobs
The salad days of the dot-com boom may be gone, but working in IT is still a better career choice than many other jobs. Pay for security-related skills, in particular, is growing at a surprising rate while salaries for other technical skills have eroded. Click here for the story 7. Employees: Your best defense, or your greatest vulnerability?
Security is more than buying the latest and greatest software and tools. Companies need to back up technology investment with an equal commitment to training to shape employees into a human perimeter. This column by Neal O'Farrell, CEO of Hackademia, explores the ways enterprises can bolster their human perimeter. Click here for the story 6. Hacker tactics prey on gullible, curious
Social engineering, like a tempting e-mail attachment or phone scam, gets hackers and their malicious code inside a computer system or network with more success than a complicated, technical method. Researchers say hackers will continue with this approach as the number of computer users grows and their overall technical sophistication drops. Click here for the story 5. Badtrans variant steals passwords
A variant of the Badtrans worm has been spotted in the wild and it leaves behind a password-stealing Trojan horse program. It also spreads in "clever" ways, according to Sophos' Graham Cluley. Click here for the story 4. Recompiled Nimda spreading slowly
The fifth variant of the Nimda worm, Nimda.e, has been discovered. The author has recompiled the code, a move that could allow the worm to elude some previous defensive measures, according to TruSecure's Roger Thompson. Click here for the story 3. Goner worm could have been prevented
A TruSecure expert said that administrators should have already filtered out the attachment that arrived with the Goner worm, because it's the same executable that Badtrans.b used eight days ago. He adds that reliance on antivirus is not enough. Click here for the story 2. Protect yourself: What you need to know about the Sircam worm
So, you thought you were worm-resistant if you didn't use Microsoft Outlook. Well, think again. The SirCam worm is on the loose, traveling by stealing file names from hard drives. A top antivirus executive shares some tips for keeping you and your users safe. Click here for the story 1. Nimda moving fast, slams brakes on Net
The Nimda worm is the first to infect e-mail clients and network servers, giving it the potential to spread faster than Code Red or any of its variants. Nimda is generating loads of bad traffic, hindering Internet performance worldwide. SearchSecurity gets an inside look at the worm from TruSecure Surgeon General Russ Cooper. Click here for the story