Cyber Security Institute

Friday, June 25, 2004

Mac OS X security myth exposed

That is according to statistics published for the first time this week by Danish security firm Secunia.

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HP gets behind the desktop

Hewlett-Packard to unveil a set of PC-related products, including a new desktop computer with security technology.

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Web site virus attack blunted—for now

Netizens are no longer playing Russian Roulette each time they visit a Web site, security researchers say, now that a far-reaching Internet attack has been defanged.

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New Virus May Steal Data

A mysterious Internet virus being spread Friday by hundreds and possibly thousands of infected websites may be aimed at stealing credit card and other valuable information, security experts warned.

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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Wi-Fi Security Spec Ratified

As expected, the 802.11i standard was finalized, paving the way for improved security within wireless networks.

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Monday, June 21, 2004

The Network Strikes Back: Experts Worry About Tech Retaliation

In war, politics and sports, it’s often said that the best defense is a strong offense.

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Wallpaper designed to protect Wi-Fi networks

British defense contractor BAE Systems has developed a stealth wallpaper designed to stop electronic eavesdropping on Wi-Fi networks.

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Device patrols border between Net and networks

With new worms hiding in Web sites and in images sent via e-mail, security company Blue Coat is touting an antivirus device that monitors the border between the Internet and company networks without slowing traffic.

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Sunday, June 20, 2004

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Saturday, June 19, 2004

Network Associates Beefs Up Intrusion Defenses

Network Associates is updatong its host and network-intrusion prevention system (IPS) solutions, as it introduces upgraded editions of McAfee IntruShield and McAfee Entercept to its existing security customers.

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Friday, June 18, 2004

Senate debates cybercrime treaty

A controversial treaty that is the first to focus on computer crime is inching toward ratification in the U.S. Senate.

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From Cisco, self-defense weapons for networks

Cisco is taking the next step in making its vision of a “self-defending network” a reality.

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Thursday, June 17, 2004

Interesting commentary of Internet Explorere vs. Mozilla Firefox

The latest version of IE is 6, and it has certainly accumulated an impressive record of holes: 153 since 18 April 2001, according to the SecurityFocus Vulnerabilities Archive.

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Net visionary urges e-mail ID standard

Making mass e-mailers identifiable is the first step toward curing the epidemic of spam, said Vint Cerf, one of the architects of the Internet.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Viruses and spam hit small firms harder

Over a third of small businesses are suffering significant financial losses due to unsolicited emails, faxes and computer viruses.

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Brightmail and IMlogic to fight instant spim

A new word in the world of security: Spim

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Blackout hits major Web sites (A future form of a DoS)

A domain name outage Tuesday morning that left many popular Web sites such as Yahoo, Google, Microsoft.com and Apple.com temporarily inaccessible was the result of an Internet attack, according to Web infrastructure company Akamai.

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Monday, June 14, 2004

HP Expands OpenView For Adaptive Enterprise

Hewlett-Packard (Quote, Chart) is introducing new software and services that provide customers with a wider window into their IT assets and processes, part of a move to offer systems management as a service.

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Friday, June 11, 2004

Antivirus vendors await major Linux worm

Although some Linux antivirus software is now available, vendors are waiting for a major attack before pushing their wares.

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Cisco warns on Catalysis DoS danger

Cisco has advised its customers to reconfigure or upgrade its Catalysis switch software after a flaw was discovered which could allow a denial of service (DoS) attack.

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Computer intrusion losses waning

Computer intrusions are on the decline for the third year in a row, at least among respondents to an annual survey conducted by the Computer Security Institute (CSI) and the FBI’s computer crime squad.

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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Shortage of computer security experts hampers agencies

Bush administration officials and information technology industry experts on Thursday identified areas of cybersecurity that need to be addressed, including more research and development and the training of the next generation of cyber experts in government.

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Security efforts paying offSecurity efforts paying off

Companies working to harden their security have found that the efforts have resulted in fewer incidents of unauthorized computer use and a decline in damages from security incidents, a computer security group said in a report released Thursday.

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Gartner: Misconfigured APs Cause Most WLAN Breaches

The majority of wireless LAN security breaches are caused by poorly configured access points (APs) and client software, Gartner, Inc. said this week.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Companies lack plans in case of terrorist attacks

They appear to be better prepared for cyberattacks and natural disasters

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Monday, June 07, 2004

Security Expected To Take A Larger Bite Out Of IT Budgets

Spending on security-related technology is expected to increase over the next couple of years, leveling off at 5 percent to 8 percent of the IT budget of global 2000 companies, according to the Meta group.

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Cybersecurity: Too important to leave in private hands?

The cybersecurity of the U.S. is too important to leave to the chance that marketplace incentives will lead to more secure software, a liberal commentator and a cybersecurity analyst argued Monday at the Gartner IT Security Summit.

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Immunize Your Servers Against Attack

A security company is shipping a new software release that it claims will better protect your servers against hacker attacks—- whether or not you’ve installed the latest patches from Microsoft.

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Thursday, June 03, 2004

Six ways to justify security training

Justifying the cost of security training for Unix system administrators

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Zombie PCs generate 80 per cent of spam

Four-fifths of the spam clogging ISPs’ mail servers and affecting businesses emanates from so-called zombie home PCs infected with spam Trojans, according to security firm Sandvine.

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