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By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor
InHouse, UNT's faculty/staff online newsletter, has been running a series of articles on information security recently. They don't have any new articles so far this month, but you can see all that have been run so far here.
Let's hope the virus writers out there aren't working overtime this month, because this is the 25th anniversary of the computer virus. Really. And, as Richard Ford and Eugene H. Spafford write in their article "Happy Birthday, Dear Viruses":
There is one basic fact in security: The more functionality, the more opportunities a developer has to make a mistake. The simple truth is that modern computers are anything but simple--their increasing complexity is driven by consumers' thirst for functionality. Furthermore, computers are almost ubiquitous: For most people, the cell phones in their pockets are as much computers as are their laptops. Virulent cell-to-cell malware is not far off; researchers have already seen some limited "proof of concept" efforts. Personal digital assistants, music players, "smart" appliances, and more are all increasingly making use of available connectivity. Consumers and producers alike need to understand that more functionality means more risk. Unfortunately, no change is likely in the near term, and vendors will continue to add poorly thought-out code to their products.
See "A History of Viruses" for more fun facts.