2003 predictions: 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.

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 rscheier@charter.net. Robert also writes our monthly product roundup and is a frequent contributor to our Executive Security Briefing section.

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