Cyber Security Institute

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

I.T. Security a People Problem; Workforce To Nearly Double by 2008

The protection of data is going to require more manpower, according to a study conducted by research firm IDC together with the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.

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FBI’s Cyber-Crime Chief Relates Struggle for Top Talent

The FBI’s inability to recruit and keep the best available IT talent has proven to be one of the biggest challenges facing the government’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (I3C), a senior official said Tuesday.

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HP to release Virus Throttler for Windows in 2005

Hewlett-Packard Co. is planning to build virus-throttling technology into ProLiant servers and ProCurve switches starting in early 2005, an HP executive said today.

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The Threats To Come

You’re busy protecting your applications and systems against today’s attacks, but you need to think about how you’ll protect them against tomorrow’s threats as well.

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Lycos launches anti-spam zombie army

Lycos is offering its customers a screensaver that helps to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks on spammers’ Web sites.

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Cisco updates Ethernet switches

Cisco Systems has made several improvements to its Ethernet switches to protect businesses from security threats and help them run Internet Protocol telephony more reliably.

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Monday, November 29, 2004

Using events-per-second as a factor in selecting SEM tools

Events Per Second, or EPS, as it is commonly referred to in the world of network security, is a measurement that is used to convey how fast a network generates data from its security devices (firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), servers, routers, etc.), and/or how fast an SEM product can correlate data from those devices.  A savvy buyer will match the EPS his network is generating to those that can be accommodated by the SEM tool that he is purchasing.

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Unprotected PCs can be hijacked in minutes

Simply connecting to the Internet—- and doing nothing else—- exposes your PC to non-stop, automated break-in attempts by intruders looking to take control of your machine surreptitiously.

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Australia: E-mail, SMS, voicemail bugging Bill passes

Controversial legislation allowing law enforcement agencies to access e-mail, SMS and voicemail communications has passed parliament with Labor support.

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Microsoft Cans Windows 2000 SP5

Microsoft has dumped the idea of releasing a fifth service pack for the enterprise-popular Windows 2000, and, instead, plans to produce an “update rollup” in the middle of next year as its last security patch for the OS.

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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Growing demand for command-control services

If a new Yankee Group study is any indication, compliance concerns are paying off for vendors that offer command and control services.

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Friday, November 26, 2004

Got Spyware? Integrated Approach Is Key

As spyware continues to plague consumers and enterprise networks, security vendors are moving to incorporate antispyware capabilities into their integrated gateway appliances.

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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Virus names could be standardized

US-CERT, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team within the US Department of Homeland Security, is coordinating a Common Malware Enumeration initiative among vendors, according to a letter sent to The SANS Institute.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Companies dig deep for ethics compliance

Businesses are spending more money to ensure compliance with ethics regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, but they don’t always know what those dollars are accomplishing, a new study shows.

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Security ‘biggest threat’: Microsoft’s Vamos

The head of Microsoft Australia has labelled security “the biggest threat to the growth of our company and our industry overall” amid a raft of indications the software heavyweight is struggling to stay on top of the area.

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Hidden gold in corporate cleanup

Security continues to hold steady over software as the third top IT priority, with organizations busy coping with cyber threats, keeping up with software security updates, and contemplating a plethora of security solutions and methods.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Hot Technologies For 2005 On the Front Line

Whether it’s blade servers, virtualized storage arrays or security software, VARBusiness’ just-completed State of Technology survey highlights the reality that resellers must continue to push the envelope in systems, networking and software if they want to distinguish themselves from direct sellers.

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Banks look to trial web toolbars to counter phishing e-mail attacks

The banking industry is investigating anti-phishing toolbars for web browsers as a potential answer to fraudulent e-mails following a huge increase in internet banking fraud.

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Monday, November 22, 2004

Hacker Exploit Spreads Virus Through Banner Ads

Hackers planted a version of the Bofra virus in banner ads served through dozens of Web sites over the weekend.

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Friday, November 19, 2004

Air Force turns to Microsoft for network security

The U.S. Air Force is drafting Microsoft to help simplify its networks and software contracts, a move that could improve its computer security and deliver savings of $100 million.

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Tech leaders see the CFO’s role growing

Executives from a number of well-known companies, including technology stalwart Google and business applications vendor SAS Institute, spoke of the rapidly expanding list of duties assigned to today’s chief financial officers at an event in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s CFO Summit.

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ITU Virtual Conference on Countering Spam

On Friday 19 November 2004, ITU held a virtual conference on the status of regulatory efforts to counter spam.

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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Following trend, Oracle sets schedule for patches

Oracle has released the dates on which it will issue quarterly security patches in 2005.

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Microsoft aims to increase time between patches

Microsoft would like extend its Windows patch cycle from once a month to once every six months, but only after the company is confident its customers will remain safe between the updates.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Gates announces new Windows update tool

Microsoft founder Bill Gates detailed his company’s plan for computer management software and announced a long-awaited Windows update tool.

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Microsoft talks security ... seriously

Microsoft is to announce more initiatives to tighten system security, particularly in the streamlining of software patch delivery.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Microsoft Buys Stake in Company Tying Linux to Windows

Microsoft came as close at it may ever get to supporting UNIX and Linux when it took a minority stake in integration vendor Vintela.

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Oracle Releases Risk Hub

At Sibos in Atlanta, Oracle announced its “Regulatory Capital Manager” product to help banks address the needs and requirements of Basel II.

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Friday, November 12, 2004

Gartner: Oracle Needs To Come Clean On Vulnerability

Oracle’s refusal to get specific about the vulnerabilities addressed by a recent patch increase the risk to customers, a pair of Gartner analysts alleged Thursday.

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Companies warned on IM dangers

Instant messaging is still used more often for personal reasons in the workplace than for business purposes, a new survey shows.

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