Huffman trucking is a national transportation company that employs 1,400 people to work in its logistical hubs in Los Angeles, California, St. Louis, Missouri, and Bayonne, New Jersey, with its central maintenance facility located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Huffman Trucking currently employs running multiple Windows operating system platforms ranging from 3.X and 9.X to Windows 2000 Server and Pro and Windows XP Pro operating system. These multiple operating systems do not seem to have any type of standardization between the current Huffman Trucking physical locations.
I believe at the time as the company was transitioning from the older style pre computer days of running the business to adding computer systems to the company; the early 3.X and 9.X operating systems were a good fit for the early type of simple computer system.
The early Windows operating system; such as the 3.X and the 9.X systems, which are being used throughout the company, were originally designed for personal computers. According to Wikipedia.com (2011), “the Windows 9x operating system is designed as a single-user system. Thus, the security model is much less effective than the one in Windows NT.”
A key reason that the early 3.X and 9.X Windows operating systems were not intended for business use is the fact that they use a FAT file system; which are the only file system that is supported by Windows 9.X. According to Wikipedia (2011), “the FAT file systems have very limited security; every user that has access to a FAT drive also has access to all files on that drive. The FAT file systems provide no access control lists and file-system level encryption like NTFS.”
The early Windows 3.X and 9.X are an out-of-date system that Microsoft no longer offers support and that means that without support and no more licensing added, new updates, improvements and any type of security fixes are non-existent.
Huffman Trucking does have some updated software; which...