Cyber Security Institute

Monday, May 30, 2005

US biometric ID request raises ID concern in UK

The UK government plans to issue its ID card as a passport with biometric identifiers stored in a chip  and the US wants those chips to be compatible with its own scanners, raising the possibility that US agencies could have access to the ID Card database.

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Grooming networks for VoIP

As VoIP services continue to grow, vendors are rolling out new management tools to help IT departments deploy and manage their VoIP systems.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Top Email Concerns: Corporate Policies and Security

Theft of trade secrets and valuable intellectual property - including business critical documents stolen by employees who use web-based email to “smuggle” such information out of the company - may be costing British businesses millions a year, according to a recently published report.

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Windows 2000 moves into Extended Support after June 30th

There are two important events that will happen to the support policy for Windows 2000 after June 30th of this year.

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Friday, May 27, 2005

683 mln e-mail users worlwide, 130 bln e-mails sent daily

A new study showing year-end market size, market share, and four-year forecasts (2005 - 2009) for all core market segments tracked by the Radicati Group, Inc. is now available.

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Compliance: Aligning IT and strategic goals

According to the report, 45 percent of IT executives, from across the globe, said that the top three compliance activities they were engaged in were security and privacy, document retention, and financial regulation.

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Fraud Bill tidies English law and targets phishing

English fraud laws are to be updated to simplify the existing patchwork of statutory fraud offences and to take account of new methods of committing fraud, such as phishing, in terms of a new Fraud Bill published by the Government yesterday.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Bank of America takes on cyberscams

As Internet scams proliferate, Bank of America is rolling out a double-edged system it says will better protect its online banking customers against phishing and spyware.

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The incredible shrinking IT staff?

Under pressure from ever-more capable outsourcers, information technology departments are poised for serious staff reductions over the next several years, according to a new report from research firm Gartner.

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Cisco warns over DNS glitch

Cisco is advising users of its IP telephony kit to update their software following the discovery of a flaw that might allow hackers to mount denial of service attacks.

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Voice of reason - Top Ten tips for VoIP

Introducing VoIP delivers significant business benefits, with a reduction in costs an obvious example. But as VoIP continues to gain a foothold within enterprises there are a number of factors that organisations should take into consideration.

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Microsoft Offers ISPs Spam-Fighting Tools

Microsoft Corp. launched a website and an analytical service to help Internet service providers in their spam-reduction efforts.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Put policies before products in IT security battle

Two-thirds of respondents to AusCert’s 2005 Computer Crime Survey admit there is still room for improvement when it comes to IT security staff training. Senior AusCert security analyst Jamie Gillespie said education of information security staff is paramount in improving security management.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Tumbleweed Adds Outbound Protection To E-Mail Security Products

Recurrent Pattern Detection provides a new layer of defense against breaking spam, phishing, spyware, virus and worm attacks sent out in e-mail blasts.

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Your Five Biggest Network Vulnerabilities

Key to securing your network is knowing where the biggest holes are and how to plug them.

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Your Five Biggest Network Vulnerabilities

Key to securing your network is knowing where the biggest holes are and how to plug them.  Information Week give you the lowdown on your five biggest network vulnerabilities.

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Friday, May 20, 2005

Microsoft launches two new security offerings for enterprises

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. launched two new enterprise security offerings,- the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and a Security Risk Self-Assessment Tool.

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Development pressures making a mockery of online security

Despite a series of high-profile online security blunders at leading retailers such as Argos and B&Q in recent years, companies selling online are still failing to train staff to look for bugs and glitches which could betray customer details or give rise to fraud.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

F5 buys Watchfire firewall

F5 Networks has acquired the web application firewall business of security firm Watchfire for an undisclosed sum.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Microsoft Envisions a Grand Digital-ID Plan

Microsoft has a grand plan for digital-identity management.  And over the next few months, the company will begin to deliver Microsoft implementations of some of the piece parts of that plan.

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Developers’ Growing Challenge

Enterprise application developers are squarely in the cross hairs of the next generation of IT system attacks.

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DDoS being used in extortion schemes

Criminals are increasingly targeting corporations with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks designed not to disrupt business networks but to be used as tools to extort thousands of dollars from the companies.  Those targeted are increasingly deciding to pay the extortionists rather than accept the consequences, experts say.

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Friday, May 13, 2005

Sober worm goes into hibernation

The Sober.P worm stopped spreading across the Internet on Tuesday after virus writers remotely silenced thousands of infected computers overnight, experts said on Friday.

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Microsoft slams UK open-source study

An eagerly-awaited report into the use of open source software in the UK education sector was published, and contained evidence that schools could significantly cut their IT spending by moving to non-proprietary software.  But Microsoft—which could lose considerable revenue if large numbers of schools embraced open source—lost little time in attacking the study, which was commissioned and published by the British Educational Communications and Technology Association (Becta).

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Government warns of IPsec VPN flaw

The UK’s National Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre (NISCC) has issued a serious warning over the safety of IPsec virtual private networks (VPNs).

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Trend Micro to Provide Integrated Protection for Mobile Devices Running on Microsoft Windows Mobile

Trend Micro, Inc., a leader in network antivirus and Internet content security software and services, today announced Trend Micro Mobile Security will provide enhanced antivirus and SMS anti-spam protection for data-centric wireless mobile devices running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0.

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Security gripes? Microsoft feels your pain

It’s not news to Microsoft that many, if not most, average Windows users have gripes about their PC experiences.  In response, the software company is unveiling a new subscription-based computer fix-it service, aimed at automatically patching security holes, blocking viruses and spyware, and generally automating the chores of maintaining a computer’s health.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Spyware threat takes pole position

IT managers seem confident that they have a grip on spam, but are increasingly worried about how spyware will affect their organisations, according to a newly published survey.

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Security concerns outweigh all other IT headache

Security is by far the biggest technology headache for accountants, more so than the implications of IFRS, compliance or systems upgrades, a new survey has revealed.  An online poll of 270 accountants conducted by Accountancy Age, found that one in three respondents believe security to be the biggest IT issue their organisation faces.

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Security players shoot an all-in-one

Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems and 3Com’s TippingPoint division are integrating a trifecta of security features into all-in-one appliances that give partners new ways to help cut the cost and complexity of security solutions.

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