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Blaster worm: Lessons learned a decade later

Aaron Turner | Aug. 19, 2013
Aaron Turner remembers the frantic days, and sleepless nights, around battling Blaster a decade ago, and reflects on what we've learned, and work still yet to be done.

Proper mobile technology configuration management can be difficult because of the relatively limited technologies available to scalably manage the situation. But, just because it's difficult doesnt give us as technologists the excuse to ignore the problem. Discipline, innovation and hard work will be required until we see mobile technology management platforms catch up with their server/desktop/laptop counterparts.

I find it hard to believe that it has already been a decade since Blaster. I'm saddened by the fact that it sometimes appears to me that we've forgotten many of the hard lessons we learned in the Fall of 2003. I'm very grateful that we haven't had a similar-magnitude event since. Here's hoping that we avoid one for a long, long time to come and that we can keep applying those hard-learned lessons to new technologies as they are integrated into our enterprises and that we can keep up the good fight against those who wish to steal and misuse our information.

Security veteran Aaron Turner, a former strategist in the security division of Microsoft, is the founder and president of IntegriCell.


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