Cyber Security Institute

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Barclays set to join jobs exodus

British bank Barclays will move at least 500—and possibly up to 5,000—call center jobs out of the United Kingdom.

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Checklist for Deploying an IDS

Installing a Network IDS (NIDS) onto a network requires a significant amount of thought and planning.  In addition to the technical issues and product selection there are resource issues, from product cost to manning the sensor feeds and supporting the infrastructure that must also be considered.  The scope of this article considers the worst case scenario, that of deploying a NIDS on a remote network (target).

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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Spending To Fend Off Online Attacks Grows In 2004

The information-security spending focus next year will be on hackers and viruses, according to research by Yankee Group.

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Monday, December 22, 2003

Red Hat releases Linux patches

Red Hat has released a range of patches for its Linux 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 versions which previously allowed a local user to fire off denial of service attacks.

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Interest in Online Banking Grows - Only Security could impede growth

Barring a major security breach, online banking will enjoy steady growth for the foreseeable future as remaining U.S. households without Internet access go online, a new report concludes.

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Threat From Sober Variant Grows

A variant of the Sober mass-mailing worm appears to be gaining more traction as leading security vendors increase their threat levels.

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Novadigm Jumps Into Utility Computing Fray

Change management provider Novadigm Inc. is delving into the utility computing space with a series of enhancements planned for its Radia Server Management software that will streamline configuration changes across servers.

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Sunday, December 21, 2003

US raises level of terror alert

The US Government has raised the nation’s terror alert to its second-highest level [Orange].

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Friday, December 19, 2003

Editorial Comment: Is Virtual Turning in Real

In a recent case reported by CNN http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TECH/fun.games/12/19/china.gamer.reut/index.html, a chinese online gamer was awarded $1,210 for the theft of property in an online game.

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Thursday, December 18, 2003

Decru ships the first security appliance to support encryption for disk and tape

With the DataFort T520, Decru adds new options to its tape security product line that already includes DataFort FC520, the first security appliance to support both Fibre Channel storage networks and tape backup.

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Early Lessons of Identity Management Implementations

META Trend:
Identity management and security needs will cause an increase in enterprise directory services adoption through 2004, as existing federated directories drive more provisioning and directory integration tool use. 

As more IT organizations deploy identity management solutions, some early lessons have been learned about the planning, implementation, and operations of those services.

Enterprise/extranet directory distinctions will blur through 2005 and beyond, as internal/external identity needs converge.  Directory use for some application authorization roles will increase as directory functionality expands. 

XML will enable component databases (as next-generation directories) and better integration capability (2006-08).

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Cisco Warns of DoS Danger for Switch Users

Cisco Systems Inc. this week warned that a pair of software security flaws could leave its switches open to denial-of-service attacks.

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VeriSign is buying managed security service provider Guardent.

VeriSign will pay about $140m in stock and cash for Guardent, while gaining about 150 full-time Guardent employees.

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Security Server Market Grows By 22 Percent

The worldwide market for security server appliances grew by 22 percent in the third quarter, and is expected to continue increasing next year, a market research firm said Thursday.

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Cisco is moving key products to Linux

Cisco CEO John Chambers last week outlined his company’s goals, chief among them to exploit voice over IP and highlighted its biggest challenges, notably gaining success in the storage market.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Security Event Management Projected To Hit $430 Million By 2008

The Security Event Management (SEM) market is on the rise and could grow to $430 million by 2008, according to a Yankee Group report released this week.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Retiring Windows 2000 Server and Advanced Server: Changes in Product Availability

Customers who are in need of a copy of Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server or CALs can obtain a copy of Windows Server 2003 and exercise their downgrade rights.

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Don’t leave holes in your patching policies

With network device vulnerabilities being discovered all the time, should you be monitoring patch management yourself, or is outsourcing the best option?  If the IT industry was subject to the same restrictions as the car industry, the number of equipment recalls would be so huge that many companies would go out of business.

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IPv6 fears seen unfounded

Early adopters of IPv6 say deployment of this upgrade to the Internet’s main communications protocol is significantly easier than expected and costs less than anticipated.

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Monday, December 15, 2003

Check Point to buy Zone Labs for $205 million

Check Point Software Technologies plans to buy Zone Labs, which makes security software for desktops, for $205 million, an effort to broaden its product line.

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EMC acquires server specialist VMware

Storage specialist EMC announced plans Monday to acquire VMware, a start-up that sells software to make servers more flexible, for about $635 million in cash.

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Sunday, December 14, 2003

How the Internet Gives Consumers the Upper Hand

In just a few short years, some 60,000 auto-related discussion forums and Web logs have emerged on the Internet as gathering spots where vocal, influential owners and potential customers talk about auto companies and vehicles—-24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Financial Security info center gets $2 million

The Treasury Department on Tuesday signed a $2 million one-time contract to upgrade the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS/ISAC), which serves as the central point for the sector’s critical infrastructure warnings.

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Friday, December 12, 2003

Financial firms to increase investment in compliance

Financial institutions view compliance with regulations such as Basel II and Sarbanes-Oxley as the single most important driver of business strategy in 2004, according to a survey by Sun Microsystems.

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Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 Improve Security

In Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft is introducing a set of security technologies that will help to improve the ability of Windows XP-based computers to withstand malicious attacks from viruses and worms.

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Thursday, December 11, 2003

Covisint Announces New Data Messaging Service For Auto Industry

Covisint on Thursday launched a new messaging service aimed at the automotive industry.

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Microsoft gets Windows XP update ready

Microsoft is set to release a test version of the next update to Windows XP, which adds security features as well as improved support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks.

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Windows 98 Presents Security Problems As It Ends Lifespan

Companies still running Windows 98 risk facing unpatched Internet threats as Microsoft puts the operating system out to pasture early next year, said a research firm Thursday.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Network Access at Center of Privacy, Security Measures

The nexus between network security and consumer privacy increasingly is seen in measures that health care organizations are taking to comply with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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Homeland department gets ‘F’ for computer security

US federal departments and agencies are showing some improvement in protecting their computer networks, but many - including the Department of Homeland Security - are failing, according to a US government report released on Tuesday.

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