Cyber Security Institute

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

One in three firms suffer hacking attempts

One in three of the UK’s biggest companies has suffered hacking attempts on their websites in the last year, a government-sponsored survey has revealed.  According to the 2004 Department of Trade and Industry biennial Information Security Breaches Survey, conducted by a consortium led by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), four per cent of enterprises - four times as many as two years ago - said their systems were penetrated last year.

AT&T intrusion alerting and firewall services help thwart cybersecurity attacks

AT&T has introduced two new security services, AT&T Internet Protect and AT&T Personal Firewall, to give businesses and government agencies worldwide some of the most powerful weapons available to date in their ever-increasing battle against cyber security attacks.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Symantec Report Bares Internet Threats

While the number of vulnerabilities found in software essentially has plateaued, the flaws are increasingly easy to exploit and, more often than not, quite severe, according to a new report.

Friday, March 19, 2004

Report: Rise in virus attacks costs firms dearly

More companies suffered extensive virus infections in 2003 than in the previous year and spent on average almost $100,000 to clean up each attack, according to new research.


Thursday, March 18, 2004

Symantec to launch network gatekeeper

Symantec plans to introduce a series of secure networking appliances that it hopes will help it pick up more small business customers.


Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Microsoft Reissues Office XP Fix

One day after releasing a fix for an Office XP flaw, Microsoft upgraded the severity of the vulnerability to critical and re-issued a new patch to address a new attack scenario discovered in the last 24 hours.


Tuesday, March 09, 2004

CIOs Say Security Is Top Priority

Chief information officers (CIOs) at enterprises worldwide remain cautious about boosting their technology spending, and the money they do spend will concentrate on security and business intelligence, said a survey released Tuesday.


Cisco Software Zeros In on DoS Attacks

Cisco Systems Inc., facing strong competition in both its core router and switch business and its growing security business, greatly expanded its security portfolio with the introduction of several new security devices as well as a new firewall and some security upgrades for its IOS software.


Monday, March 08, 2004

The Path to Safety?

Industry readies plan for pre-emptive network defense.  Later this month some of the largest companies in the United States, led by the IT sector, will publicize a set of recommendations on hardening cyber-infrastructure so that the government doesn’t legislate the effort for them.


Friday, March 05, 2004

Microsoft: Windows XP SP2 Will be Disruptive

Worried that the full release of its Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will break and disrupt existing applications, Microsoft (Quote, Chart) has created an online training course for developers to explain the intricacies of the security-centric OS update.


MCI guarantees against DoS attacks

MCI has introduced the industry’s first denial-of-service (DoS) service-level agreement (SLA) to help internet customers to improve their defence against internet threats and attacks.


Antivirus vendors unzip encrypted email viruses

Security firms have started updating their products with more sophisticated techniques aimed at getting inside the encrypted attachments in which the Bagle worm has spread.


Antivirus industry slammed by DTI report

The UK government has released research that will make unpleasant reading for some in the antivirus industry.  A survey from the Department of Trade and Industry revealed that 68 per cent of large companies were infected by viruses during 2003, despite the fact that 99 per cent were using antivirus products.


Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Business Thrives on Dangerous Roads

Forrester offers some sensible security advice: put systems in place that will help you to understand and analyze events, to respond to them efficiently and effectively, and to recover quickly because bad things will happen, no matter what you do.  However, to try and eliminate every exposure will be very costly, and probably impossible.