Y2K Security Issues Should Not Be Overlooked
It's a couple of days away, but it's not too late to give your computer system a once-over for Y2K. And we're not talking about system anomalies -- no, the issue is security breaches and what you can do about them.
"Most companies have done a really good job preparing their computer code for Y2K," says Mike Higgins, CEO and President of Para-Protect, the foremost authority on e-commerce and network security. "But they haven't been focused on the issue of their vulnerability to outside attack."
You must have people monitoring your system during the critical changeover period, says Higgins, and keep a special eye out for access to root accounts. Additionally, keep an eye out in the weeks that follow January 1, as any would-be hackers who successfully breach your system on New Year's Eve will likely wait until the attention has died down until they strike.
A complete Y2K Security Checklist has been prepared by Para-Protect and is worth a look as we wind down the Y2K hype and get on with business . . .
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