Clean up your act

The IT industry must usher in a new era of tighter security or face restricted business opportunities, Sun Microsystems boss Scott McNealy warned last week.

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By  Chris Whyatt Published  February 19, 2006

The IT industry must usher in a new era of tighter security or face restricted business opportunities, Sun Microsystems boss Scott McNealy warned last week. Technology firms and their customers are both guilty of giving rise to insecure networks by allowing an excess of diversity in the data centre and a lack of variety in the desktop environment, McNealy told the RSA Security Conference 2006 last week. Both parties must clean up their security act and look to open architecture and the sharing of code if they want to capitalise on the opportunities created by the digital world, the Sun CEO said. “Security is an integral part of the Participation Age. If people can not trust the network they will be less inclined to share,” McNealy warned. The main cause of security problems is multi-vendor environments, McNealy claimed, saying some companies have technology from 150 different vendors within their data centre. One of his top security nightmares was “being told you have to patch a patch”, which the Sun chief said only compounds problems. “Bolting on security pieces is not sustainable in the future,” McNealy warned, saying security should extend business opportunities, not restrict them.

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