Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Friday May 19, 2017

WannaCrypt Makes an Easy Case for Linux

This guy admits that it’s a tired argument but is using the recent/current ransomware fiasco to raise awareness for Linux and its security benefits again. Yes, you’ve heard most of it before: businesses should all switch from Windows, as it is a huge target for exploits, but he does try to make a novel point by noting that more and more companies are switching to Software as a Service (SaaS) or the cloud (meaning that work is increasingly done through a web browser), making Linux deployment more practical and sensible now. Er, wouldn’t Linux just become as vulnerable as Windows if its usage were to rise to the same level...

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Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Linux is perfect. Any system connected to a network can fall victim to something. But the truth of the matter is, by design, Linux is far less susceptible to the likes of WannaCrypt than is Windows. How do I know this? I've been using Linux as my only operating system (on servers and desktops) since 1997 and have only encountered one instance of malicious code (a rootkit on a poorly administered mail server). Those are some pretty good odds there. Imagine, if you will, you have deployed Linux as a desktop OS for your company and those machines work like champs from the day you set them up to the day the hardware finally fails. Doesn't that sound like a win your company could use?