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USA Today: Hacker Mitnick: Trust no one

Sep 28, 2000, 19:23 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Chen)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"Infamous hacker Kevin Mitnick warned IT managers Wednesday that unless they educate every employee -- from the CEO to the receptionist -- about how hackers work and how to bolster security, corporate networks and Web sites will never be safe from attack. In the closing keynote here at Giga Information Group's Infrastructures for E-Business conference -- his first such speech since being released from prison in January -- Mitnick described the mindset, objectives and methods hackers use to compromise corporate computer networks."

"You should adopt the mantra 'In God we trust. Everybody else is suspect,'" he said. "People are the weakest link when it comes to security, and an important question to ask yourself is not if, but when, is your e-business going to be targeted?"

"It's naïve to assume that just installing a firewall is going to protect you from all potential security threat," he said. "That assumption creates a false sense of security, and having a false sense of security is worse than having no security at all."

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