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- 40 Percentage of companies that suffered a business disruption as a result of poor IT support

Has Spam Been Canned?

- Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is responsible for analyzing the act’s effectiveness and making recommendations for changes, the act has given the FTC, the Department of Justice, and Internet service providers (ISPs) the ammunition to bring dozens of actions against alleged spammers; many of these legal actions are still in progress, but many others have already resulted in settlements.

Riding the Web 2.0 Wave

- Writely is a Web 2.0 site that offers a word processing program in which multiple collaborators can be given access to particular documents, with changes tracked by time and user. Central Desktop is a collaboration tool that allows teams to work together on project management, allowing members to add documents, Web links, comments, and scheduling information. It offers a variety of communications options, including instant messaging and discussion boards.

Identity Theft

- A bill (S. 495) designed to prevent identity theft has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and will now be taken up by the full Senate.

Internet Privacy

- Want privacy for your Internet searches? Then check out Ixquick, this month’s “Site to See,” the only metasearch engine that deletes the user’s personal data.

Password Security

- The weakest link in computer network security isn’t technology, it’s users, concludes a new government survey from the United Kingdom. Find out why passwords are key.

IT Security

- Peer-to-peer file-sharing networks pose a severe risk of inadvertent disclosure for large financial institutions, say researchers from the Center for Digital Strategies.

Web Protections

- Consumers will pay more money to shop on a retailer’s Web site with strong privacy protections according to a Carnegie Mellon study.

Email Privacy

- E-mail accounts stored by an Internet service provider carry the expectation of privacy, ruled a federal appeals court. The government must obtain a warrant or tell the e-mail account’s owner a subpoena has been issued for that information.

A Site to See

- The next time you see Microsoft Windows’ “blue screen of death” or a “fatal error” message flash across your monitor, don’t get angry; reboot and then point your browser toward the DistroWatch Web site, where you can learn everything you need to know about the newest distributions (called “distros”) of the Linux operating system.

Laws to Aid Breach Victims

- A data breach at ChoicePoint in February 2005 was “a watershed event in terms of disclosure to the affected individuals,” according to a paper from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

Web Sites Provide Rich Harvest for Spammers

- If your e-mail address is posted on a Web site, the chances of it being “harvested” by a spammer are much greater than if the address appears on a blog, on a message board, or in a chat room. That’s one finding from a study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), whose investigators created 150 e-mail accounts—50 with an Internet service provider (ISP) that does not use antispam filtering, and 50 each at two other ISPs that do filter for spam—to learn more about how to reduce spam. @ E-mail Address Harvesting and the Effectiveness of Anti-SpamFfilters, a report by the federal trade commission’s division of marketing practices, is at SM Online.

Today Preemptive, Tomorrow Predictive

- Collecting data is all well and good, but the real question is how multiple data points can be intelligently reviewed to help security personnel make better decisions in real time. That's where security analytics comes in. @ The business of connecting the dots: the $1 billion intelligence and security informatics/analytics market is available on SM Online.
 




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