Reflections on ConneXions

Back in 1993 I co-authored (with Paul Barker) two papers on challenges with the networking technology of the day:

(these links take a long time to download).

The papers both look at some of the trials and tribulations we had getting basic network connectivity back to the office. Today, we take this connectivity for granted.

The interesting thing for me, is not once in the papers did we consider the security aspects of connecting systems – we just assumed that once we made a successful connection, everything would work as expected at the application layer. Today, we do not have to worry about the connectivity so much, this typically works. The worry comes as soon as we get a connection with reports like this one showing the Internet survival time for an unpatched computer at under 10 minutes.

How things change.