Re: Tech Writers Running Servers

Subject: Re: Tech Writers Running Servers
From: Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- jci -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 14:00:55 -0600

Depends. Are they expecting a server which doesn't need any security, and
which you can afford to lose or replace any data that might be lost on it?
If so, go ahead. Setting up a Linux or BSD -based web server is fairly
simple to do.

Now, if they're expecting some sort of security, if they're expecting it to
be able to stand up to the recreational hacking that goes on at most "large
research universities" then tell them it'll take a while. Quite a while.
The learning curve stretching in front of you looks something like L'Alpe

Anyone can set up a web server; it's child's play. Shouldn't take more than
a couple of hours -- minutes if you're a quick enough study. But securing
one from even a batch of script kiddies takes quite a bit more knowledge.
Computer security is a black art.

Have fun,
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
In God we trust; all others must provide data.
Opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
If JCI had an opinion on this, they'd hire someone else to deliver it.

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