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October 2012

The bolt-on information security trend needs to end

Aren’t you tired of seeing the same headlines recycled in newsprint and magazines and blasting over the airwaves, cable news channels, and Internet? Headlines like “The U.S. is Losing the Information War,” “Cyber Space is the Next Battleground”  and “Money Motivates Today’s Hacks”? Articles with these kinds of headlines lay out the plight of the American public, business and government when encountering new vulnerabilities, exploits, credit card frauds, and/or viruses. But are the threats and vulnerabilities truly new? Or are we seeing an ongoing recurrence of the same type of problems because we are not properly addressing security and incorporating long-term solutions into the fabric of our country? Are we, in fact, doomed to repeat history because we do not recognize the pattern and work to avoid the mistakes of the past by continuing to follow the same information security trend? 2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Morris worm being released into the Internet and some would argue we are no more secure today than we ...

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