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Subject:Re: Web vs. web? From:Michael Lewis <lewism -at- BRANDLE -dot- COM -dot- AU> Date:Wed, 8 Apr 1998 00:00:15 +1000
A touch of "cart before the horse" here (or is it creative paranoia?)
There is a business need (perhaps, indeed, more imagined than real, but
still a need) for in-house online publishing. Security is paramount in
such an activity. An intranet is an internal network using internet
technologies (http, tcp/ip, etc) but without unrestricted public access.
(Hackers aren't accounted for in this model ...) The firewall is only
necessary if the intranet is to interface with the global Internet in a
reasonably secure way: an islolated intranet doesn't need a firewall any
more than a swimming pool needs an underwater fire escape.
Susan Kocher wrote:
> Mark Dando said:
> >I suspect that the term "intranet" has grown out of a desire by the IT
> >sector to reassure other areas of management about information security.
> >When we propose an "intranet" to management, we trying to avoid the notions
> >of openess and transparency -- and therefore vulnerability -- conjured up
> >by the word "Internet".
> Good point, Mark! I'll bet you're right. It's the firewall difference,
> plus perhaps the idea that the company can control what newsgroups the
> intranet members have access to, or how/whether they can surf the
> Web. It implies some sort of centralized control of the participants
> and what they're looking at.
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