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Three-year security race for businesses starts here, says Hodges

Antony Savvas

Businesses will face a tough three years in the race to protect their systems from hackers, according to Gene Hodges, chief executive of Websense.

The volume of malware produced by computer criminals is so great that it is swamping traditional anti-virus and intrusion detection systems, he said.

The 14-year-old computer geeks who were writing viruses because they could not get a date have now grown up, got married, and are looking to computer crime to support their families and mortgages, he said.

“They join a ring. They collaborate, and theye move as effectively. They don’t have to worry about filing tax returns. They don’t have to worry about protecting their sites with firewalls,” he said.

Hodges said that businesses needed to be more shrewd in predicting threats over the next three years.

The next criminal might be a bright employee who feels disgruntled because she didn’t get a raise and blames her managers.

She knows what algorithms your firm uses to make it competitive, and she can get hold of them, warned Hodges.

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