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In Response: Does security actually exist in operating systems?

After an interesting conversation with a fellow employee, Ed Engelking wants your thoughts on the topic of security and if it actually does exist in operating systems.

Welcome to another edition of In Response, a weekly feedback column dedicated to gathering opinions and informing IT professionals. This column uses the opinions of TechRepublic members to help inform you and your peers about the world of IT.
Does security exist?
A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with Jack Wallen, a fellow employee here at TechRepublic. We were discussing if reliability actually does exist in operating systems, the topic of last week’s In Response column. During that conversation, he brought up another interesting point to ponder. Does security exist in operating systems?

Of course, we all have heard how important it is to keep your computer safe from intruders. We all have passwords into our machines, set up so carefully by our IT department. We have firewalls that keep information from coming into a network and going out of a network. We have encrypted e-mails and passwords. But is implementing all of these security features worth the effort?

Jack’s points are actually very simple. Below you will find the reasons why he believes that operating systems are never quite secure:
  • Point #1
    No matter how many times you update an operating system, there will always be someone out there who will be able to find a way around that update.
  • Point #2
    A person who writes a patch for a security hole in an OS is only human. There will always be someone out there who is smarter than that individual and can find a hole in the patch he or she has written.
  • Point #3
    Not only do IT personnel have to worry about the people outside of the office trying to break in, but they also have to worry about the end users in the company trying to break into the network as well.
  • Point #4
    The only way to truly secure an operating system is to remove it from the company network.
Do you believe that security in operating systems doesn’t exist? Perhaps you have an opinion that differs from Mr. Wallen’s view? Let us know your thoughts! Post a message below or feel free to send us a note.

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