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Data Rivers Overflowing

- With the hurricane season underway—and with memories of last year’s catastrophes still fresh in mind—businesses in areas that are likely to be affected by summer storms are doing whatever they can to secure their premises from damage or destruction. But what about digital assets? The Florida Chamber of Commerce is helping Florida businesses to ensure that their e-mail traffic keeps flowing throughout hurricane season, even if flood waters shut down mail servers. The Digital Disaster Preparedness service is being offered for free by AppRiver, LLC, a Gulf Breeze, Florida-based company that provides e-mail security services. The company will monitor the mail servers of Florida companies that have an Internet domain name and have signed up for the service via the Florida Chamber of Commerce or App River Web sites. If bad weather hits and a company’s mail server goes down, AppRiver will reroute incoming messages to its own data centers in Texas, Virginia, and England until the damaged servers are back up, or until the company asks the mail to be redirected (messages can be made available online if requested). Spam and virus filtering are included. The free service runs through October 31. @ Point your browser to SM Onilne to link to these two sites, where you can sign up for the Digital Disaster Preparedness service if your company is based in florida.www.appriver.com www.floridachamber.com

Cybersecurity Checklist

- The United States Cyber Consequences Unit released a checklist to help business managers assess their companies’ cybersecurity.

Defining Moment

- Most bank robbers wear a mask or otherwise attempt to disguise themselves when they carry out their robberies. Likewise, online miscreants are eager to put on another persona when they launch attacks or send spam.

Hacking Wireless Networks for Dummies

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- E-mail messages from the fourth quarter of 2005 believed to be spam

Worth a Look: Portable Data Safes

- Software that’s built into the drive provides encryption, an e-wallet function for storing credit card numbers, and single sign-on to applications and Web sites. Data is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption. A 4-to-40-character password is optional.

Old E-Mail Worms Never Die

- Security and outsourcing, cell-phone risk, e-mail worms, and what’s new in secure portable data devices.

Looking for Secure Outsource Partners

- Security and outsourcing, cell-phone risk, e-mail worms, and what’s new in secure portable data devices.

Has Cybercrime Surpassed Physical Crime?

- Cybercrime versus physical crime, antiterror advice, cargo security, and rail security.

A Site to See

- Unlike the bricks-and-mortar world, where you can lower your risk of becoming a victim of crime by staying out of dangerous neighborhoods, digital threats are fairly equally dispersed. Crimeware can—and probably does—arrive several times a day into your e-mail’s inbox, and an unpatched computer can pick up a “drive-by” infection simply by visiting an infected site. If you want to learn more about online fraud and crimeware, visit a new Web site from Symantec that offers detailed explanations of well-known as well as nascent threats. It also includes prevention tips and advice about what to do if you are victimized. There are even some demonstrations of phishing, pharming, and Trojan horses, as well as some quizzes that will let you test your knowledge of the online threatscape. The rich resources and explanations make it A Site to See.

IT Security

- A new report from the IT Governance Institute finds that IT security should be handled at the top level.

Computer Vulnerabilities

- Connecting an unsecured computer to the Internet could be disastrous, according to a study by network-security provider StillSecure.

A Chip Off the Privacy Block?

- RFID tags are becoming increasingly popular, and a debate is underway over the privacy implications of this technology. Editor's Note: The discussion of a DHS report on RFID in the section entitled "Homeland Security" includes a correction from the print edition. The error was introduced by the editor, not the author.
 




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