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Intelligence systems should not run Microsoft

Professor says it lets the spooks in
Tue Oct 26 2004, 10:15
A PROFESSOR of software engineering and data communications at the Queensland University of Technology has warned that intelligence systems should not run on Microsoft platforms.

Professor William Caelli told a meeting of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers conference that he was "horrified" at the thought that intelligence-related systems might be developed on unprotected off-the-shelf platforms.

Just in case you thought that he didn't mean Vole's finest bit of software, he added, that under no conditions should "anyone in their sane mind run intelligence analytical systems on a Microsoft platform". Although military intelligence always struck me as a contradiction in terms.

He said that the only way you could put a Microsoft-based system in an intelligence network was if it was air-gapped... in other words not plugged into the Interweb. Apparently it was ok if it was plugged into the mains.

Caelli said that the intelligence community should be using "Solaris version eight or better".

According to Aussie Associated Press Caelli said that there was no commercial motivation for the information technology industry to develop truly secure systems.

He said that the IT industry itself abrogated its responsibility relating to security some 20 years ago and the current batch of servers and client systems were less secure than the mainframes he used in the 1970s. µ

*INQ DISCLAIMER Nick Farrell uses Linux software in the morning, and only touches Windows in the afternoons.


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