I recently changed positions and have been trying to understand the many projects already under way here. The most vital of these is a planned virtual private network (VPN) rollout. My company has many staffers who travel, as well as those who want to work from home.
Some months ago, I proudly earned my Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) in network intrusion detection from the Bethesda, Md.-based SANS Institute Inc. I was impressed by the technical depth of the course and by the difficulty of the evaluation process.
Computerworld (US) columnist Vince Tuesday was impressed by the technical depth of a network intrusion detection course he enrolled in recently, but he wonders if the newly learned knowledge will ever need to be applied in a commercial environment.
Eighteen months ago, my company, a large financial services organization, suffered a number of attacks that were stopped mostly by luck. With the awareness of security raised, management hired me as information security manager to secure their infrastructure and operations.
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