After posting an article about eBay allowing hackers to auction off their wares this morning [article is here], I now learned that Symantec is posting an online game for IT professionals to play killing viruses ala Doom. I had to stop and think. Did I get out of the wrong side of the bed this morning? Or is it I am just plain tired of all of the corporate shenanigans that go on that have nothing to do with security and protecting our identities?

I am sure that somewhere, someplace, most likely some type of government agency or retailer, has every piece of identity information about all of us. One would hope that the IT folks who are in charge of the computer systems that house this information are taking every precaution to try and protect this sensitive data. I recognize also that the game Symantec is going to post for play on their web site most likely is a way to generate sales leads. One would think that these resources could be better spent in training folks on how to secure our data.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want IT folks playing a first person shooter game when they should be watching the network for intrusions. Not only can the game be played solo, but it appears that team play will also be available. Gee, that’s great. Now we can have corporations competing against each other to shoot down the bugs online. How about shooting down the real bugs that are attacking your servers as I write this?

What is more important. Protecting our identities from theft or playing online games? Is it just me or I am just not feeling the love here? What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Game play starts on September 27, 2007.

Symantce game site here.

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