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Keeping hackers away

Can you list some ways to help keep hackers from accessing and damaging my data?

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Apply all known fixes to your systems and install a firewall. The next few steps may be:

  • Install intrusion detection devices and,
  • Perform an ethical attack (e.g. war dialing) on your system to find vulnerabilities.

Baseline -- develop a sound security policy, implement it and enforce it.

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This was first published in October 2002

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