This story first appeared in the January 1996 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

As the number of individuals and companies traveling on the information superhighway increases, so do the incidents of computer-related crimes. Is your system at risk?

Only if your computer is set up with a two-way connection to the Internet, says Ted Beck, MIS manager for DeVilbiss Air Power Co., a manufacturing company in Jackson, Tennessee. "If you just log on to the Internet through a service provider, it's like walking into a shop, looking around and walking out. No one else on the 'Net can get into your system" Beck Explains.

However a computer system with a two-way Internet connection should be independent of the system that contains confidential information. If that's not possible, Beck advise, install "fire wall" software that crates a barricade which outsiders can't cross.

When programming your fire wall, Beck adds, make sure at least two people know the configuration. This prevents an employee from setting up a break in the wall that he or she may use later.

Contact Source

Devilbiss Air Power Co., 213 Industrial Dr., Jackson, TN 38301, (901) 423-7009;