08/13/2007 - Zero-day attacks - the name given to exploits of vulnerabilities for which no patch is available - are the bête noires of IT security. Unfortunately, discoveries of not-yet-patchable vulnerabilities are on the rise, raising the specter of more zero-day exploits. Learn more about zero-day attacks and what you can do to combat them here.
08/13/2007 - As a growing number of U.S. companies outsource software creation and data-handling functions to service providers located in other countries, the issue of data protection has gained prominence. One such problem is that 'backdoors' could be inserted in code for later use and that personal financial data could be stolen.
08/13/2007 - See what the GAO has to say about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) effort to modernize its information technology infrastructure. The GAO's overriding critique: "[T]he program has not fully achieved many performance goals that it set out to accomplish over the past year."
08/13/2007 - Contingency and computer-security emergency-response plans must be kept in a state of readiness. Three key components of readiness are tests that ensure that the plan will work as described; training that informs personnel of their roles and responsibilities vis-a-vis the plan; and exercises that simulate an emergency to test the plan's viability. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has created an in-depth guide to tests, training, and exercise programs as they relate to IT plans. The guide includes checklists as well as detailed sample objectives and scenarios. Read the guide: Test, Training, and Exercise Programs for IT Plans and Capabilities.
08/10/2007 - A trio of computer scientists at Stanford University is developing a conceptual framework for understanding privacy expectations and their implications using the tenets of a principle called contextual integrity.