May 6, 2012
The explanation that there is a need for info security is on account of its flip side. The hacking community. Naturally, even lacking the presence of this, it’s just good policy and commonsense to put some basic protections in effect but these protections are made more critical by the virtue of the presence of an increasingly organised community of hackers.
Sure, even now, hackers ( at least the good ones ) have a tendency to be highly individualistic, each with his ( or her! Hacking is not an exclusively male club ) style, but more, they’re coming together. Meeting in secret to share tips, tricks, and system information generally, and it is these groups in particular, that pose the gravest threat to you, your website, your company, and your info in general.
You may possibly have even seen or been informed about some of their exploits on the latest news. The group “Anonymous” has made waves latterly by hacking into a bunch of apparently unassailable government websites ( most lately, at least as of this writing, the Pentagon ). But these new groups are in no way the 1st. In the infancy of the web, one of the first organized groups of hackers was known as “The Legion of Doom,” and they were strikingly effective.
Of course, these days, they’ve gone main line, and now work as security specialists, and who better? Who is more suited to perform such tests on company and executive network security systems than the folks who once tried to break in secretly?
You may have heard the term, “Script Kiddie.” If not, I could tell you in brief. Hackers ( real pros ) design tools to help them create viruses. These scripts automate ( or at the very least semi-automate ) the procedure , permitting viruses to be configured in new ways just by combining bits of code.
The genuine hackers, the ones who make the tools, look down with some ( well-deserved, mostly ) derision on what they term ‘Script Kiddies,’ who don’t know how to make the tools themselves, but who do know enough to use them to mix bits of code into new configurations.
These, you mostly don’t have to stress about, because most anti-virus software programs are good enough and updated often enough to catch the majority of the stuff this group can create.
But it’s the tool makers you should be anxious about. The ones behind the scenes, making the tools, and employing them to create the most devastating viruses we’ve ever seen. They’ll be the ones on the leading edge of a new big pathogen attacks, and if you’re unprepared for it, you could easily be their next victim.
Do not allow that to be you. Secure your system and shield your information. Occasionally hire an independent security expert to conduct a comprehensive audit of your system to see what needs buttressing, and where. You’ll be glad you did.