Monday, March 08, 2004
Losing the war
E-Week is characterizing the virus war as one that IT Managers are losing. The first defense - the internet gateway - relies on up-to-the second software to block viruses that come out at a startling pace. If the threat gets past the gateway, the only hope is that your users are educated enough not to open attachments. That, as anyone who has ever administered a network knows, is not something you can count on. The solution is to re-think e-mail and stop using it as a file transfer mechanism - a role it was never intended to fill. Ironically, that route would require a massive user re-education unless you can remove the "Attach file" button from Outlook.