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January 2006

Layer 8: Time to call a security specialist?

As information security becomes increasingly operationalized, will security specialists still be needed? I field an awful lot of questions along the line of, "Who should the information security staff report to?" A more apropos question would be, "Should there even be an information security function?" Those who have just finished multi-year struggles to break into the interesting field of infosecurity aren't keen to hear that they might soon become obsolete. In the early '90s, the burgeoning Internet attracted not only some pretty interesting new Web technologies, but also a growing number of businesses and hackers. Given the embryonic state of network security knowledge, and the almost nonexistent market for protective products, it was natural that security would become a specialty area. Corporate infosecurity pioneers spent a lot of time cobbling together firewalls from scratch or poorly documented kits. Although it took relatively less raw skill, cleaning viruses off of hard drives and floppy diskettes was the second biggest...

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Features in this issue

  • Mining NetFlow

    Your routers and switches can yield a mother lode of security information about your network--if you know where to dig

  • Help From Above

    Security managers are looking to the keepers of the Internet cloud for relief.

  • Secure communications

    by  Dr. Juergen Schneider

    This tip covers ways that you can secure a network to protect data from internal as well as external attacks.

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