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Paul Allan
Tuesday, August 28, 2007 11:10
Research Computer/Network Security.

I live in Sutton and Iím just doing a little research regarding Computer/Network security.

I work as an IT Security consultant for an ICT Consultancy company. My job involves large public and private sector companies asking me to crack into their network and to tell them how to fix security weaknesses before an actual hacker does it for real. Itís a bit like a burglar alarm company advising you to add locks to a window or put a burglar alarm sensor in this part of your house.

As a company we havenít looked at providing the same service for small businesses or home users in the past but more and more attacks are aimed at this group. The reasons for attacking this group of people is the ease of capturing credit card details and sensitive information, if this kind of information was to fall in to the wrong hands it could end up costing you time and money sorting out purchase charges made on a credit card/bank statement that you didnít make.

I would just like to know if you think carrying out a service which tests your wireless/wired network, firewalls or PCs is something people would be interested in?

I am aware that as everything in life it will all depend on money but Iím just interested to see what kind of market is out there for this kind of service.


Tuesday, August 28, 2007 18:44
Whilst I have no reason to think that your enquiry is anything but genuine, I would warn all those who think about supplying any information, to find out more about who they are dealing with.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:17
Alan, that is a fair point you have raised and its good to see you are security conscious.

I do not want any information just a general view on if you believe IT security at home or in small businesses is a concern for people.

It could just be a single statement saying Ďyes I do worry over computer/network security or No it has never crossed my mindí
Mr B
Sutton in Craven
Tuesday, September 4, 2007 15:06
Yes, I think its a crime that is on the increase. I just got broadband and my neighbours network showed up on my PC wireless adapter.

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