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Monday, 24 January 2011 13:51

Apple hires a security expert

Written by Nick Farell

Faith is not enough
Fruity peddler of broken iPhones, Apple has actually got around to realising that faith in Steve Jobs is not enough security for its toys. For years Apple has traded on the fact that its computers could be wide open to hackers because no one could be bothered writing a virus that only worked on five percent of the world's computers.

However with the rise of iPhones and iPads, and the fact that Apple is desperate to flog its toys to businesses before they drop out of fashion faster than a Dodo around the back of a Kentucky Fried Chicken joint, it has reached the point where they think they need to do something about security. We guess this needs to happens before some hacker gets it into his head to take out everything that the expensive toy maker makes with some badly worded code knocked together in ten minutes after a long afternoon playing beer pong.

The bloke Jobs' Mob has hired is security expert and author David Rice. He's expected to start at Apple in March. Late last year Apple started working with Unisys to help it sell Apple products to corporations and government agencies.  Apple was shocked to discover that corporate IT managers were not as stupid as Apple fan boys and would not stick such insecure products on their networks.

Rice is deeply respected in IT security circles but it is not clear how much of his job will be smooth talking and how much he will be doing to turn Apple's security from a joke to something more viable. He's a 1994 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has a master's degree in Information Warfare and Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served as a Global Network Vulnerability analyst for the National Security Agency and as a Special Duty Cryptologic officer for the Navy.

More here.

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-5 #1 Fase 2011-01-24 14:34
I'm far from an Apple fan, but do you think you have enough venom in this article?
+12 #2 Steve-O 2011-01-24 17:39
Whoever this "David Rice" fellow is, he looks to be overqualified for this position. Apple must be giving him a wheelbarrow full of Bejamins.
-12 #3 TechHog 2011-01-24 20:53
Dear god. I have never seen such a biased, unprofessionall y written article in my life. This makes Fox News look objective! It pisses me off, and I borderline hate Apple. :-?
-9 #4 Naterm 2011-01-24 22:16
It's Farrell man, "objective" isn't in his vocabulary. Accuracy really isn't either. I lost count of how many times he's been wrong with simple facts in his Apple rants.
+10 #5 123s 2011-01-24 22:24
Dont hate guy, yes its not very objective but fun to read for sure.
+5 #6 Naterm 2011-01-24 22:32
Oh yeah, I usually read them for a laugh. Not to mention railing on the articles for their lack of accuracy is usually a lot of fun.
+9 #7 thomasg 2011-01-25 04:24
Nick doesn't really hate Apple, he makes fun of whoever he's writing about in his articles. I enjoy the humor in his articles, I think it's much more entertaining that way
+5 #8 Fud_u 2011-01-25 07:56
Unless they came up with an entirely new set of code and rules then it can never be safe. The proprietary train hit harder.

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