How prepared are CIOs and data base managers for fighting a computer virus such as the recent Nimda worm?

Not very, suggests The Computer Emergency Response Team, an Internet security watch dog group backed by the federal government and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. In recent testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations, CERTS Director Richard D. Pethia notes that the Nimda worm clearly points out multiple factors that contribute to Internet security problems and pose obstacles to the solutions. They include the vulnerability of technology on the Internet, the nature of intruder activity, the difficulty of fixing vulnerable systems, and the limits of effectiveness of reactive solutions.

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