Hacking for Dummies (2004)

3 July 2008 |

Little more than 10 years ago, security was barely a newborn in diapers. With only a handful of security professionals in 1994, few practiced security and even fewer truly understood it. Security technologies amounted to little more than anti-virus software and packet filtering routers at that time. And the concept of a “hacker” came primarily from the Hollywood movie “War Games”; or more often it referred to someone with a low golf score. As a result, just like Rodney Dangerfield it got “no respect” and no one took it seriously. IT professionals saw it largely as a nuisance, to be ignored — that is until they were impacted by it.

Today, the number of Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) have topped 23,000 (www.isc2.org) worldwide, and there are more security companies dotting the landscape than anyone could possibly remember . Today security technologies encompass everything from authentication and authorization, to firewalls and VPNs. There are so many ways to address the security problem that it can cause more than a slight migraine simply considering the alternatives. And the term “hacker” has become a permanent part of our everyday vernacular — as defined in nearly daily headlines. The world (and its criminals) has changed dramatically...

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