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Keying In
November 2003, Volume 14, Number 2

Information Security and Internet Privacy
"Liken it to locking up a home or an office. Protecting a computer and the information it holds is another necessary skill in this complicated world.
Each year, computer viruses and worms cause billions of dollars of damage. Thieves using the Internet as their highway steal additional millions, perhaps billions of dollars from individuals and businesses. Hackers break into thousands of home and office computers and rummage through the private records of corporations and individuals. Criminals use e-mail and the Internet to stalk their victims.

While police offer a certain level of protection from the common street mugger, individual citizens must take common sense measures every day to stay safe. The same logic applies to information and computer security. Computer users can "lock the door" against electronic intruders and in many cases keep them out.

"Information security should be the concern of everyone," says Al Fundaburk, assistant professor of business education and office information systems at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Many business educators believe that fundamental computer security principles and measures are concepts that should be taught in every class where a computer is a tool. "My goal is to teach students responsible use of technology," says Linda Hefferin, professor of business at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois. "My goal is also to teach them how they can recognize these (security) problems and keep them from spreading."

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