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The Necessity Of Computer SecurityWhen the first electronic computers emerged from university and military laboratories inthe late 1940s and early 1950s visionaries proclaimed them the harbingers of a secondindustrialrevolution that would transform business government and industry But few laymen even iftheywere aware of the machines could see the connection Experts too were sceptical Notonlywere computers huge expensive one-of-a-kind devices designed for performing abstrusescientific and military calculations such as cracking codes and calculations missiletrajectoriesthey were also extremely difficult to handleNow it is clear that computers are not only here to stay but they have a profound effecton society as well As John McCarthy Professor of Computer Science at StanfordUniversityspeculated in 1966 The computer gives signs of becoming the contemporarycounterpart of thesteam engine that brought on the industrial revolution - one that is still gatheringmomentum andwhose true nature had yet to be seenTodays applications of computers are vast They are used to run ordinary householdappliances such as televisions and microwaves to being tools in the workplaces throughwordprocessing spreadsheets and graphics software to running monumental tasks such as beingtheheart and soul of the nations tax processing department and managing the projecttimetables ofthe Space Shuttle It is obvious that the computer is now and always will be inexorablylinked toour lives and we have no choice but to accept this technology and learn how to harnessits totalpotentialWith any progressing technology an unauthorized application can almost be found for it A computer could and has been used for theft and fraud - for example as a database andmanagerof illegal activities such as drug trafficking and pornography However we must not justconsiderthe harmful applications of the computer but also take into account the good that theyhavecausedWhen society embraced the computer technology we have to treat this as an extension ofwhat we already have at hand This means that some problems that we had before thecomputerera may also arise now in the form where computers are an accessory to a crimeOne of the
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