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Getting from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0

The "upgrade" from Web 1.0 to the new Web 2.0 world has been an evolutionary process, continually driving the Web to be more interactive, useful, and interesting for consumers and the business community. The evolution from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 has been about improvements in the Web "experience" - from that of simply browsing static content and graphic images that display upon request, to an all-new highly interactive, programmable, and much more useful Web.

Oh, and also a much more dangerous place as well. Back in the early 1990s, our Web usage resembled that of a visit to a library in search of information or data. And as far we know, rarely has anyone ever been attacked by a book in a library. In the new Web 2.0 world, however, the library is so real that the page on which you're reading about lions seems to come alive - so much so that the next step may be that they actually jump out and take a bite out of you. Worse, the thing that you reach for to take off the virtual shelf may look like a book, but may not be a book at all; instead, it may be something else altogether - something disguised to look like a book, possibly a bomb that explodes upon contact. The lesson? Beware. To quote an old phrase, you cannot judge a book by its cover in the new World Wide Web.

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Paul Henry is global information security expert, with more than 20 years' experience managing security initiatives for Global 2000 enterprises and government organizations worldwide. At Secure Computing, he plays a key strategic role in new product development and directions. In his role as vice president of technology evangelism, he also advises and consults on some of the world's most challenging and high-risk information security projects, including the National Banking System in Saudi Arabia, Department of Defense's Satellite Data Project, USA, and both government as well as telecommunications projects through out Japan.

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