Security lessons from Sun Tzu and Hannibal

Tuesday, 10 October 2006, 12:32 AM EST

History books are full of lessons relevant to today’s data security battles. Hackers understand history’s lessons and reduce their risk by carefully studying a potential target before designing attacks with a high probability of overcoming defenses. This sort of risk assessment is one criterion that Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War, used more than 2,500 years ago to evaluate the chances of success in a looming conflict.

At Computerworld.

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