2003 predictions: Robert L. Scheier

Robert L. Scheier
We asked industry experts to give us their security predictions for the New Year. Here's what Robert L. Scheier had to say.

  • Biometric authentication tools like fingerprint or retinal scans will remain a niche technology. Reason: They're still too easy to fool.
  • As hackers get better at evading security at the edge of the network, security managers will counter with more application-level security such as trusted operating systems.
  • The first rollouts of 3G wireless broadband will be followed by -- yep, you guessed it -- the first wireless broadband viruses and worms.

  • Security managers will ignore the security holes in their networked storage until a big-time attack (probably from inside the organization) makes them sit up and take notice.

  • A major theft of data (possibly an "ethical hack" done by a civil libertarian) slows government plans to create a universal database designed to catch terrorists by tracking everyone's purchases.

About Robert L. Scheier: Robert writes frequently about security from Boylston, Mass. He can be reached at Robert also writes our

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monthly product roundup and is a frequent contributor to our Executive Security Briefing section.

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