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January 2005

The Sky's the Limit

TECHKNOWLEDGE What security technology do you need that you can't get today? Here's your wish list. Necessity is the mother of invention. The wheel was invented to make movement easier. The Romans invented the arch to support large, heavy structures. Samuel Morse invented the telegraph for fast communication across vast distances. The list goes on. Security technologies and processes are also born of necessity. Marcus Ranum commercialized the firewall because enterprises migrating to the World Wide Web needed network-layer access control. Peter Tippett pioneered AV technology because PC users were getting hammered with boot-sector viruses. Marty Roesch developed Snort because enterprises needed a flexible IDS sensor to detect the things firewalls can't stop. Security practitioners run into necessity all the time. Like craftsmen tinkering in workshops, they discover what's missing in their toolboxes and improvise solutions to new problems and tasks. Eventually, improvisation is translated into new standards, technologies and ...

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