First steps in achieving network security

Wednesday, 15 May 2002, 11:27 AM EST

The events of September 11th raised the public's awareness of the need for increased security in all aspects of life. Reports from the U.S. government that the next targets for terrorists might well be the country's information infrastructure have highlighted the need for improved network security.

At the same time, corporate end-users have been hit with viruses and worms that have disrupted and damaged computer systems. Words like "Code Red" and "Nimda" have become part of the corporate vernacular.

The heightened awareness within corporate America has led to the question, "What is network security?"

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