Magazine article Security Management

Enemies Disguised as Friends

Magazine article Security Management

Enemies Disguised as Friends

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The Cold War has ended, but all is not well. According to speakers at the International Security Systems Symposium and Exhibits in October, the United States may have to make some new friends.

Speaking on the opening day of the conference, former CIA Director Richard Helms said, "If the United States is going to remain competitive with Japan and the European countries, it is going to have to do things differently."

Helms said a good computer security system is no guarantee against espionage. All the information contained on a computer is, at some point, in another form. Whether the information is printed out and given to the wrong person or talked about in the wrong place, he explained, companies are more at risk of losing information by mistake than by purposeful attack.

"The ball is in industry's court," he said. American companies must respond to the threat of industrial espionage with or without the help of government.

Richard Mainey, IBM's director of security, agreed: "Business has the ultimate responsibility."

Mainey described how IBM handles the worldwide threat to its security. Every IBM employee must fully understand the basic security program. …

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