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
Contains a table, and a glossary.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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