Thinking Out Loud About IT Security

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Microsoft

Anyone wonder how good Microsoft Operating Systems would be without Government Interference?

  • How many of the tedious Microsoft System Updates we endured were really updates?
    • Were the updates necessary or just embedded spyware?
  • Instead of conspiring to deceive us, maybe MSFT could update their damn spell checker?
  • or roll out a real menu for the 99% of users that DON’T HAVE TOUCHSCREEN PC’s

Google

Lying about their involvement all along, “Do No Harm” is a joke.

Government

Why don’t we elect representatives that understand security?

  • Borders?
  • IT
  • Patents
  • Every Agency is armed and militarized.
  • No one is taking guns away from criminals, just inconveniencing law abiding citizens.
  • Citizen, the new word to get NSA attention.

IT Security

Wikipedia:

Information security, sometimes shortened to InfoSec, is the practice of defending information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, perusal, inspection, recording or destruction. It is a general term that can be used regardless of the form the data may take (electronic, physical, etc…)[1]

Two major aspects of information security are:

  • IT security: Sometimes referred to as computer security, Information Technology Security is information security applied to technology (most often some form of computer system). It is worthwhile to note that a computer does not necessarily mean a home desktop. A computer is any device with a processor and some memory (even a calculator). IT security specialists are almost always found in any major enterprise/establishment due to the nature and value of the data within larger businesses. They are responsible for keeping all of the technology within the company secure from malicious cyber attacks that often attempt to breach into critical private information or gain control of the internal systems.
  • Information assurance: The act of ensuring that data is not lost when critical issues arise. These issues include but are not limited to; natural disasters, computer/server malfunction, physical theft, or any other instance where data has the potential of being lost. Since most information is stored on computers in our modern era, information assurance is typically dealt with by IT security specialists. One of the most common methods of providing information assurance is to have an off-site backup of the data in case one of the mentioned issues arise.

Governments, military, corporations, financial institutions, hospitals, and private businesses amass a great deal of confidential information about their employees, customers, products, research and financial status. Most of this information is now collected, processed and stored on electronic computers and transmitted across networks to other computers.

Should confidential information about a business’ customers or finances or new product line fall into the hands of a competitor or a black hat hacker, such a breach of security could lead to exploited data and/or information, exploited staff/personnel, fraud, theft, and information leaks. Also, irreparable data loss and system instability can result from malicious access to confidential data and systems.[clarify] Protecting confidential information is a business requirement, and in many cases also an ethical and legal requirement.

For the individual, information security has a significant effect on privacy, which is viewed very differently in different cultures.

The field of information security has grown and evolved significantly in recent years. There are many ways of gaining entry into the field as a career. It offers many areas for specialization including: securing network(s) and allied infrastructure, securing applications and databases, security testing, information systems auditing, business continuity planning and digital forensics, etc.• Information security is a stable and growing profession – Information security professionals are very stable in their employment; more than 80 percent had no change in employer or employment in the past year, and the number of professionals is projected to continuously grow more than 11 percent annually over the next five years.[2]

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