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June 7, 2004 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - Wireless Security Wake-up Call
A global survey of 100 financial services companies, including 31 of the top 100, drew these answers from respondents:

  • 33% said they have issued employee guidelines for safe use of WLANs.

  • 45% said they have scanned networks to detect rogue WLAN access points.

  • 59% said they have instituted WLAN security policies.

Source: Deloitte & Touche LLP, 2004

Security Bookshelf

OpenBSD is the poster child for secure production operating systems. The team that wrote it takes a paranoid approach to the default configuration. For example, the compiler defaults to include buffer overflow protection in every program compiled.
This code might be one of the safest on the planet, but many OpenBSD advocates come across as wide-eyed and paranoid.
Certainly, most companies will continue to buy less-secure operating systems. But this book might change the minds of a few users who have been put off by OpenBSD's reputation as difficult to master. It's well written by authors who don't seem to suffer the over-the-top passions of other OpenBSD advocates.
This book could be just the thing to turn your computer into a well-protected system. It covers everything from setting up and using the system to developing under OpenBSD -- and it had the answer to every question I had when setting up a test OpenBSD system.
-- Vince Tuesday
Secure Architectures With OpenBSD

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