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BLOG: Why the bad guys are winning

Michael Horowitz, Computerworld US | June 6, 2011
A depressingly long list of reasons.

For better detection, occasional scans with a different antivurus program are the way to go. Better still, an occasional scan with software that runs off its own bootable CD is the best approach. Microsoft just released their Standalone System Sweeper and many antivirus vendors, such as Avira and Kaspersky, offer something similar. Yet, how many people do this? 

  1. Google:
    Bad guys trick Google into listing malicious web pages and images near the top of search results. My defense against this is Web of Trust, a free browser plugin available for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. 
  2. The C programming language refuses to die.
  3. Newer operating systems (found on smartphones) can remotely disable applications that are determined to be malicious. This is not possible on the older systems used on personal computers.
  4. Computer and network security may not get the attention it deserves at companies. This is understandable as it's not an income producing area. Like insurance, it costs money and returns nothing, at least nothing immediate. It has been all over the news recently that Lockheed-Martin's network was attacked and somewhat breached. What I find interesting about the story is that as a result of the attack, Lockheed-Martin "took swift and deliberate actions" to increase their network security. Really? If there was any company that should have the best possible computer security its Lockheed-Martin. Yet, even they weren't giving security sufficient priority.
  5. All security schemes need constant care and feeding. Automated tools only go so far. But monitoring takes more time/effort/expense than many companies are willing to endure.
  6. Judging by the stats I get, virtually no one reads this blog.

Depressing, isn't it, just how long this list is? I did not set out to make a long list, just a list. And, it's probably not comprehensive.

 

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