|It Helps To Be Prepared|
Launching a migration to Windows 2000 will require careful planning and significant resources. The following guidelines, which reflect the complexity of the operation, may help you prepare for migration:
Don't Let Your Guard Down
Microsoft's track record for securing the previous versions of Windows is less than brilliant. Critics charge that the company allows hackers to do much of its R&D work. Of course, Microsoft sees the constant attempts by hackers to penetrate its products as an unfortunate price of having the largest server market share.
Ultimately, a secure migration to Win2K will depend on adequate staffing and sufficient funding. Management must provide sufficient staffing and training resources to simultaneously maintain the existing system while launching the new one. An IT staff wrestling with newly introduced technologies cannot be expected to maintain the same level of security during migration without preparation.
Time will be the judge of Microsoft's success with Windows 2000. If W2K migration is in your company's immediate future, you'd be wise to remember that Microsoft is first and foremost a marketing company. R&D for security should follow the new product line since officials in Redmond have little interest in nurturing yesterday's revenue streams.
Furthermore, hackers will continue to be pleased with the company's business imperatives because easy exploits like password compromises will remain accessible for years to come. Given this unstable climate, and as widespread adoption of Windows 2000 commences, secure your migration to Windows 2000 by preparing your IT staff and not losing sight of ever-present and ever-changing security concerns. //
Brett Regan Young works for the Netigy Corporation in Houston. Netigy provides comprehensive eCommerce solutions, including secure migration to Win2K. Send your migration horror stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org.