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Vista will force hackers to grow more cunning

Bill Goodwin's story, "Hackers look to trick staff as software toughens up," (Computer Weekly, 26 September) highlights a worrying trend, and I firmly agree with Peter Firstbrook's conclusion that Vista will push hackers to use more sophisticated social engineering methods, such as those employed by adware designers.

Microsoft has made tremendous progress in developing a more "security-conscious" operating system to protect businesses and individual users. This will lead to hackers employing more robust social engineering tactics, which in my opinion, will include craftier malicious HTML e-mails.

Over the past few years there has been an ever-increasing number of "script kiddies," i.e. individuals who employ hacking tools developed by skilled security researchers. I envision that there will be a sizeable increase in the use of these tools as more robust, well-researched vulnerabilities are discovered and converted into exploit modules.

Sunil James, Arbor Security Engineering & Response Team


Overqualification not the problem for the over 40s

I do not agree with Dave Overall's statement (Computer Weekly, 3 October) that "the main reason mature professionals do not get to interview stage is that they are too qualified".

As an IT recruiter I can say that, despite the prevalence of IT certification, there are not that many "overqualified" candidates in the market. The single common factor of many unemployed over 40s is their age - some have qualifications while some have none, and if an employer says they operate a dynamic and "young" culture, reality dictates we send CVs of young candidates.

I agree that people should get as many qualifications as possible to ensure one is not only qualified to apply for a wider pool of roles, but also to enable people to set up their own business, rather than end up in positions "forcibly held open for them". I would also agree on filtering out the qualifications irrelevant to each role one applies for, but one cannot filter if one has not got that many qualifications to choose from anyway.

Name withheld by request


No positives in removing employment rights

Regarding Dave Overall's article - remove employment rights in order to get businesses to employ the younger generation? Remove taxes so that businesses will operate here? Somebody somewhere has to pay and in the case of the French youngsters it will be them.

When the rights that have been fought for in order to protect workers against exploitation are removed, I find it hard to see that as positive. Within the article it talks of the cull of the over 40s prior to the law, surely a prime example of a need for the new legislation.

Andrew Robertson


There's plenty of training available for new ISA

I refer to Nick Langley's article regarding ISA Server 2006 (Computer Weekly, 10 October). I certainly agree that gaining expertise in this product is likely to prove rewarding. However, despite sharing the same interface, ISA Server 2006 boasts significant improvements over its 2004 predecessor. In my opinion, ISA Server 2006 is now more than a match for offerings from the likes of Cisco and Checkpoint.

In view of this, I would strongly recommend that any training is geared towards ISA Server 2006 rather than the 2004 version.

Although Microsoft is yet to release an instructor-led course for ISA Server 2006, there are a number of options. A series of technical articles by Tom Shinder is available at and Michael Noel's book "Microsoft ISA Server 2006 unleashed" retails at about £40. For hands-on classroom based courses, search "ISA Server 2006 training" on Google UK.

Philip Augur, Consultant


Software development is not an art form

Tony Collins' article on the ongoing IT problems at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (Computer Weekly, 17 October) highlights the impact that poor IT projects can have, not only in terms of an organisation's IT systems, but also on its performance as a whole.

Such software project failure is commonplace within the public sector for the simple reason that organisations view software development as an "art form", rather than recognising it as a managed business process which can be successfully regulated and managed like any other project within the business. Organisations ignore this at their peril.

Steve Gedney, Borland UK

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