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Re: Trends in network operator security

  • From: batz
  • Date: Thu Jan 09 13:46:01 2003

On Wed, 8 Jan 2003, Sean Donelan wrote:

:Its 2003 and everyone is making their predictions.  What trends are
:network operators seeing for Internet security?

- Backdoors will be found in every major OS after they have been shipped 
  on disk. 

- More reports of trojaned packages. 

- Resurgance of the "cc" conspiracy that says all code is backdoored
  by the compiler. 

- Dealing with mountains of IDS data. Especially as customers 
  and investors demand the use of these kinds of technologies. 

- Demands from LEO's regarding tracking users of wireless networks. 
  General legal attacks on any technology that facilitates anonymity. 

- Blame shifted to the service provider for vulnerabilities, more ISP's
  will get into the managed security business. They will be the next big
  vertical for MSS companies. 

- Spam will finally be widely recognized as a security issue. My pet 
  definition of spam being any message that relies on the lack of 
  policy enforcement features in mail protocols for delivery, will be 
  widely adopted.  

- Lots of new exploits affecting image processing and multi-media 
  libraries and applications. 

:Any other trends network operators are seeing?

Multi-payload and multi-attack vector worms and viruses. More 
hostile code that uses mail and file shares to spread.  

Tunneling protocols and applications to evade firewalls, 
and detection.  

Security, security and more security. 

How did peoples predictions from last year fare?