Will Distributed Denial of Service Attacks Mean the Death of E-Business? -- CIO Sound Off -- January 2001

By Martha Heller, CIO |  Security

"Getting hacked organizations to admit their 'weakness' will be the biggest hurdle, easily outpacing the technical resolutions more inventive 'smart' firewalls will provide in the future," wrote another.

Others looked beyond the scope of the column and used the opportunity it provided to discuss what they considered to be concerns far more serious than DDOS attacks:

"In much the same way the the Tiffany's, and the Cartiers moved to swanky neighborhoods, and the JC Penneys and the Sears to the neighborhood malls -- leaving convenience stores and the liquor stores to the bad parts of town -- e-businesses will also stratify into neighborhoods that are user-trusting, user careful and user hostile," wrote a reader. "We will not see the Internet as in its early days -- a highway open to all, with no locks on the doors and a culture of sharing. Instead we will see a "suburbanization", with security at each entry door to throw out intruders and anyone else who looks suspicious."

"I don't expect DDOS alone to cause the death of e-business, but what does reduce my confidence in the Internet are cases when a company's security perimeter is actually breached and confidential information accessed, as was the case with Microsoft a few months ago when hackers reportedly gained access to Windows source code. If such a perimeter breach can happen to Microsoft, one of the partners most of us turn to for security, then what does the future hold for the rest of us who use Windows? I fear it will only get worse before it becomes better. If there is a death to e-business, I believe perimeter security breaches will be the real cause."

What impact do you believe security problems will have on e- business? The debate continues at Sound Off: http://comment.cio.com/soundoff/020701.html

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