I know, I know… IT Security is needed to keep the bad guys out (and it seems that there are many bad guys out there.) The drawback to this constant war on hackers is that we have all suffered the effects of the long slog against an enemy that simply won't die… won't surrender… and adjusts their tactics whenever we've had any reasonable success against the existing attacks.
It seems that every year a new layer of security is added. Here's just a few that come to me off the top of my head:
- Advanced Password Requirements (where you have to add CAPITAL letters, Numb3rs, and Sp#cial Ch@racters)
- Bio metric readers (finger print scanners)
- Digital Codes on key chains that change every 60 seconds
- Anti-Virus Software
- Network Security Devices (anti-sniffer, sniffers)
- Remote mobile devices wipers
- Encrypted hard drives
- Secure WiFi
Everyone of these (and the dozens or so I'm sure I didn't list) are reactions to security threats that have either happened to your place of work, or to some other place of work and your IT staff doesn't want to happen to them. Each of these is a burden upon the IT Group, the computer you're using, the network you are on, and on you and your work production. The end result is that we have a fight between Moore's Law and the Red Queen's Hypothesis:
Speeds Double Every 18 Months…I would have hoped by now that we would have things like automated security, instant boot-ups, programs that don't move slower than their Windows 95 versions, tri-corders and food replicators… but alas, we do not. We seem to be stuck in an information world that is stuck marking time in a battle where winning is defined as simply not losing. I have to go now… my email program finished loading… and I have to make sure Postini didn't capture any emails that I actually need to read.
But, We Need Them To Double Twice That Fast To Get Anywhere!!