Computer Security

Yesterday I read an article on a NASA security breach. Apparently, Chinese hackers hacked into the NASA Jet Propulsion laboratory and gained full network access. Incredibly NASA’s networks are insecure despite hackers gaining access to satellites a few years back. Its obvious current network intrusion prevention and detection methods are inadequate.

Corporations and government agencies across the board are failing to prevent security breaches.  Perhaps the same methods used by NASA for developing interstellar hardware should be used in the IT realm. If 8080 microprocessors are still used in hardware designs due to their known reliability, perhaps IT software systems should be judged for their reliability not their features.

I currently run Ubuntu Linux on my laptop and I’m fairly comfortable with OS security. I feel it’s impossible to be completely secure. If the right people intend to hack your system there are a million vulnerabilities on the net, and another million yet to be discovered or revealed. The National Security Agency supports a secure Linux kernel; however, mainstream Linux support for the secure kernel is limited.

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