Security looms large in the Internet economy, and METASeS, the security services firm spun off last year by Meta Group, has taken a step to help companies be more proactive in protecting their information systems. Four METASeS execs have combined their vast experience in the security field into a guidebook that makes it clear that security is about more than putting up firewalls.
"It really covers the waterfront out there," says co-author Patrick McBride, executive VP of METASeS. "It's not just a tech-weenie book." The book, Secure Internet Practices: Best Practices for Securing Systems in the Internet and e-Business Age, is available through either METASeS or Meta Group.
The book emphasizes that technology is just one piece of the security puzzle, and that other factors, such as program setup and methodology, are equally important. McBride says the company simply wanted to document the experience of its staff to increase awareness of security issues beyond its immediate client base, and he notes that METASeS uses the book as "our internal bible."
According to McBride, many companies today are so busy building a defense against hackers and other Internet intrusions that they rarely take the time to fix the systemic problems. The bottom line, McBride says, is to build security into enterprise systems from the beginning. "If you try to bolt it on afterwards, you're cooked."