11/01/2007 - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is working with dozens of organizations around the world to put pressure on Internet service providers (ISPs) to take voluntary steps, such as quarantining infected computers to try to reduce the onslaught of spam sent through so-called “spam zombies,” computers that have been hijacked to send spam.
11/01/2007 - The late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “Kill the head and the body will die.” For IT professionals, the phrase might be reconfigured “Kill the security products and the network will die,” as was the case with last year’s Witty worm that targeted security software and infected systems worldwide in 75 minutes. Such attacks on security software are increasing, according to the Yankee Group’s
11/01/2007 - Thirty-five percent of the world’s top 100 global financial institutions were victimized by attacks from within their organizations (versus 26 percent from external sources), up from 14 percent the previous year, according to the 2005 Global Security Survey conducted by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
11/01/2007 - Keeping up with the newest electronic gadgets is one of the best parts of a technophile’s day. Happily, there are plenty of Web sites and blogs dedicated to breaking the news of whatever’s newest and hottest on the market.
11/01/2007 - Working from home, you can set up your computer so that it is protected by a layer of defenses. For example, I have a firewall on my wireless router as well as a firewall running on the computer itself. But when the average user travels, there are typically fewer layers available to protect the portable computer from the inherent hazards of the Internet.
11/01/2007 - Protecting networks against worms and viruses is a trying task. Protecting against a threat targeted specifically at your network is even tougher. That’s a lesson that several Israeli companies learned earlier this year when they discovered that customized Trojan horse programs had been installed on their system, allowing industrial spies access to their networks.
10/31/2007 - In the wake of multiple high-profile thefts of consumer information, the protection of personal data held in business databases has become a hot topic. Some legislators have introduced bills that would hold companies liable for inadequately guarding sensitive data as one way to encourage greater security.