Vol. 7, No. 3 • May 2000
Is your school network safe? — How to deal with new threats affecting school networks
by Rick Hillman

THE NET WORKS column focuses on the need for education concerning threats to school district networks. Says that in the past, attacks consisted of guessing passwords and exploiting known vulnerabilities and back doors. Discusses ping of death and teardrop attacks which take advantage of a bug in the implementation of TCP/IP to clog a network with useless traffic. Observes that, like it or not, the time has come for the network person to begin monitoring network activity and traffic. Adds that it is necessary to evaluate the need for a firewall, so as not to comprise the investment in a network through inaction. Provides examples of possible solutions. States that the main message is the need to be aware of the possibility that a district may have to deal with the new era of attacks and security needs. Contains a table, and a glossary.
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