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Fri 6 Oct 2006 08:00 PM

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Hacking here to stay

Dear Editor,

Will IT systems ever be safe from hackers, viruses and worms?

I seriously doubt it.

Your interview with Richard Archdeacon of Symantec last week confirmed what I already feared — that hackers are always one step ahead of the security firms that are trying to stop them.

Technological innovations are a double-edged sword.

While they have many positive benefits and are able to help businesses enormously they are also being harnessed by hackers to develop increasingly more sophisticated attack methods.

We IT managers can only do so much to stop them.

We encourage users to follow safe working practices and we download the latest security software.

But what we cannot do is read the minds of hackers or see into the future to when and where these criminals? next attack will be.

More and more of an IT department's budget now goes into defending against potential attacks and fixing the damage these attacks cause.

And I don?t see this situation changing.

The greatest weapon we have is awareness of the attacks that are coming ? and since it seems we can only get this information from security vendors such as Symantec it is crucial that we continue to heed their warnings.

J Kumar, IT manager,

Bahrain.

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