Oracle: Look at total cost of security

March 10, 2003

SINGAPORE: The recent SQL Slammer worm attack was just one of the long list of cyberthreats that continue to hog newspaper headlines. And once again, it goes to show how high -- or how low -- companies rank network security.

The effects of the worm would have been less severe had systems administrators been keeping up with Microsoft Corp's security updates -- in this case, the patch had been out for more than six months before SQL Slammer slammed (no pun intended) its way through thousands of servers, disrupting Internet traffic worldwide.

How do companies prevent potentially crippling Internet-based virus and worm attacks?

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