Security pros talk, but can they walk?

Wednesday, 30 July 2003, 7:35 PM EST

A serious vulnerability in key Internet hardware was found July 16, and another affecting most computers running Microsoft Windows had network administrators scrambling to patch their systems a week later. Those vulnerabilities and a slew of others discovered in the past year underscore some critics' assertions that information security remains an oxymoron despite all the attention it gets.

"People are making security a bigger topic of conversation than it was, but in the end I think it's been mostly talk, and not a whole lot of action," said Marc Maiffret, chief hacking officer for network protection company eEye Digital Security.

That lack of progress is especially worrisome as hackers and security experts gather in Las Vegas this week for Black Hat Briefings, which begin Wednesday, and the security industry's most infamous confab, DefCon, which starts Friday.

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