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  • November 28, 2006 28 Nov'06

    Symantec fixes NetBackup Puredisk flaw

    An unauthorised user could launch malicious code by exploiting a flaw in Symantec's Veritas NetBackup PureDisk product. But a fix is available.

  • November 28, 2006 28 Nov'06

    National Express upgrades back-up systems

    Coach operator National Express has replaced back-up tapes with a disc-based system from Thinking Safe to secure its company data.

  • November 28, 2006 28 Nov'06

    Google search bug could be exploited by phishers

    A bug in the Google Search Appliance used by many businesses to search their corporate information could be exploited in a phishing attack, security experts have warned.

  • November 28, 2006 28 Nov'06

    Apple Macs vulnerable to adware, warns F-Secure

    Apple Mac computers could be vulnerable to adware installed by hackers using a new technique, security experts have warned

  • November 27, 2006 27 Nov'06

    BT installs blocking system to beat threat from maverick wireless links

    BT has become one of the first large organisations to roll out blocking technology to prevent its 60,000 staff logging on to unofficial wireless networks that could expose the firm to hacking and virus attacks.

  • November 24, 2006 24 Nov'06

    G&D switches smartcard production to Slovakia

    Giesecke & Devrient has switched its smartcard production to Slovakia to cut costs.

  • November 23, 2006 23 Nov'06

    Security career guide offers pay and training tips

    The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, which certifies information security professionals, has published a career guide for people who want to make information security a career.

  • November 23, 2006 23 Nov'06

    National Express speeds up storage

    National Express has migrated to a new disc storage system to secure its data and improve data management.

  • November 23, 2006 23 Nov'06

    Most UK companies failing on data theft - survey

    Three-quarters of UK companies may not have systems in place to track and trace potential data theft, according to a survey.

  • November 23, 2006 23 Nov'06

    Ealing rolls out text alerts to cut missed GP appointments

    Ealing Primary Care Trust is to send patients GP appointment reminders and health information using mobile phone text messages.

  • November 22, 2006 22 Nov'06

    Security tech tips

    Check out our hottest tech tips on subjects such as networking security, spyware, patch management, enterprise security best practices and more.

  • November 22, 2006 22 Nov'06

    Zango defying FTC agreement, researchers say

    This week in Security Blog Log: Two researchers accuse Zango of unsavory adware tactics, despite the company's pledge to clean up its act.

  • November 22, 2006 22 Nov'06

    BCS launches advice site to help firms tackle data security challenge

    The BCS has launched a security area on its website to provide advice on protecting corporate data.

  • November 22, 2006 22 Nov'06

    Nationwide laptop theft offers data safety lessons

    The theft of a laptop computer from the home of a Nationwide employee has raised questions about how much data staff need to carry on mobile devices and what IT directors can do to protect sensitive information.

  • November 21, 2006 21 Nov'06

    Microsoft and Novell at odds over software patents

    A fortnight after forging a historic agreement to collaborate over open source and proprietary software, Microsoft and Novell have found themselves at odds between both themselves and the open source community over the issue of software patents.

  • November 21, 2006 21 Nov'06

    BakBone brushes up replication software

    BakBone's NetVault Replicator version 5.0 includes automatic configuration of replication for remote sites, a capacity planning tool and a higher performance data movement engine.

  • November 21, 2006 21 Nov'06

    Smaller business must do more on security, warns Schmidt

    Small and medium-sized businesses need to take more action to ensure the security of their IT systems, experts have warned.

  • November 21, 2006 21 Nov'06

    Microsoft launches Office Live beta for small businesses

    Microsoft has launched a beta version of its Office Live service, aimed at giving UK small businesses a professional online presence.

  • November 21, 2006 21 Nov'06

    Should teenage hackers be jailed?

    The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    Open source group voices Linux licensing fears over Microsoft deal

    An open source group has voiced concern that Microsoft's Linux agreement signed earlier this month with Novell could damage open source software development.

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    Foreign intelligence agents hacking UK businesses, government warns

    Senior government officials have warned businesses that foreign intelligence services are using sophisticated electronic attacks to steal sensitive financial and technological secrets from their IT systems.

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    Expert cracks biometric passport data

    The security being developed for the government's ID cards and biometric passports programmes has been thrown into question after a Guardian reporter and a security expert took just 48 hours to access encrypted data on a biometric passport's RFID ...

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    Act now to minimise VoIP risk, warns Ovum

    The security threat from voice over IP (VoIP) systems is still unknown, but the risk is real and enterprises must start planning now, analyst firm Ovum has warned.

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    ICI set for big savings by switching internet traffic to DSL

    ICI is poised to sign a deal that could save it millions of pounds by allowing it to transfer non-­essential internet traffic from its wide area network onto a secure broadband link based on DSL consumer technology.

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    Hackers take covert action on malware

    Hackers working for organised crime are getting more sophisticated in their attempts to cover their tracks and ensure that the malware they write is hard to detect and remove.

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    Microsoft to add new security fixes

    Microsoft is to introduce a series of security patches in its next scheduled ‘Patch Tuesday’ to fix flaws in Windows.

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    ‘Data breaches need policing,’ warns consumer body

    The theft of a laptop containing details of an unknown number of Nationwide building society customers has sparked calls from a consumer watchdog for a new law to force companies to notify customers of data breaches.

  • November 17, 2006 17 Nov'06

    Exploit code circulates for Microsoft security flaws

    Exploit code for two of the security flaws patched by Microsoft this week is being circulated on the internet.

  • November 16, 2006 16 Nov'06

    Downtime: Mum knows best, even if you've £20bn to play with

    The wacky world of IT

  • November 16, 2006 16 Nov'06

    Business survival: How to perform a security business impact analysis

    A business impact analysis can be a manual that helps your company weather disasters. Here are some pointers on how to put one together.

  • November 16, 2006 16 Nov'06

    Spanish police arrest four webcam fraudsters

    Police in Spain have arrested four people in connection with a series of online crimes including malware writing, data theft and credit card fraud.

  • November 15, 2006 15 Nov'06

    Five of six Microsoft security patches are 'critical'

    Microsoft yesterday released six security patches, with five of them described as “critical” by the company.

  • November 15, 2006 15 Nov'06

    Edinburgh puts council tax online

    City of Edinburgh Council is to give residents secure online access to their council tax accounts.

  • November 14, 2006 14 Nov'06

    Nationwide blanch at laptop theft

    Information on an unknown number of Nationwide customers that was held on a company laptop has been stolen from an employee’s house.

  • November 14, 2006 14 Nov'06

    IBM tops supercomputer rankings

    The computer giant’s BlueGene/L system, developed with the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, heads the list with a performance of 280.6 teraflops - or trillions ...

  • November 14, 2006 14 Nov'06

    Microsoft wrongly alerts Gmail as virus

    A “false positive” result from Microsoft’s Windows Live OneCare security software wrongly flagged Google’s Gmail service as a virus over the weekend.

  • November 14, 2006 14 Nov'06

    Broadcom flaw could allow hacker to control Wi-Fi PCs

    Exploit code for a security flaw in Broadcom Wireless drivers is in the public domain and could allow hackers to take control of PCs via a Wi-Fi connection, according to Symantec.

  • November 13, 2006 13 Nov'06

    Trojan poses as Adobe software update

    The Trojan keylogger comes in an email that asks users to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. It then tries to steal the user's confidential information.

  • November 13, 2006 13 Nov'06

    Permitting Ping: ICMP Exceptions

    According to Mark Minasi, "Ping's the most basic troubleshooting tool in many a networker's arsenal, and it's a pain to try to do network troubleshooting in a network that's blocked all pings." In this excerpt from his latest book, Mastering ...

  • November 13, 2006 13 Nov'06

    Service denial hackers to get 10 years’ jail

    Hackers who carry out denial-of-service attacks could now face up to 10 years in jail plus fines under a new UK law.

  • November 13, 2006 13 Nov'06

    Lloyds TSB peps up product portfolio

    Lloyds TSB has begun installing software from Asset Control to support its growing product range.

  • November 12, 2006 12 Nov'06

    Five wireless myths debunked

    Cisco, along with Forrester Research, recently issued a report calling most wireless LAN fears mere myths, and a campus-wide, all-wireless deployment appears to prove that theory.

  • November 10, 2006 10 Nov'06

    Phishers home in on the wealthy

    Online fraudsters are targeting wealthy web users, and the number of adults that have received phishing e-mails has nearly doubled since 2004, according to research by Gartner in the US.

  • November 10, 2006 10 Nov'06

    Microsoft to release six security patches

    Microsoft will release six security updates next Tuesday as part of its monthly patching cycle.

  • November 09, 2006 09 Nov'06

    AOL buys financial news content provider

    AOL has acquired financial news and information search technology company Relegence.

  • November 09, 2006 09 Nov'06

    Google Video mails out Kama Sutra worm

    Google has laid users of its Google Video blog group open to the Kama Sutra worm by posting to them video clips infected with the worm.

  • November 08, 2006 08 Nov'06

    Pito signs £75m web network deal with C&W

    The Police IT Organisation (Pito) has awarded a £75m network contract to Cable & Wireless in a framework deal lasting five years.

  • November 08, 2006 08 Nov'06

    US still spams the most by far

    The US is still by far the worst country when it comes to hosting and spewing out spam over the internet.

  • November 08, 2006 08 Nov'06

    Microsoft distributes Grisoft antivirus for Vista

    Microsoft is making the Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 and AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition packages available via the Windows Security Center channel as a Windows Vista security solution.

  • November 08, 2006 08 Nov'06

    Cabinet Office awards quality mark for Pocket PC security

    The Cabinet Office’s Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA) has awarded Pointsec Mobile Technologies a quality mark for its Pocket PC mobile security system.

  • November 07, 2006 07 Nov'06

    Windows virus infects Wikipedia

    Hackers have targeted the open access encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, to spread a Windows virus.

  • November 07, 2006 07 Nov'06

    Bank fraud drives adoption of two-factor authentication

    Banks will come under further pressure to adopt two-factor authentication technology following a 55% increase in the cost of online banking fraud over the past year.

  • November 07, 2006 07 Nov'06

    Mac virus ‘does not replicate’

    Security experts have detected a new virus that affects Apple Mac computers, but say the risk level is very low because it does not replicate effectively.

  • November 06, 2006 06 Nov'06

    Hot Skills: BS 7799 opens door to security work

    Information security standard is increasingly demanded by employers

  • November 06, 2006 06 Nov'06

    Road safety concerns raised after hacker attack on electronic signs

    Security specialists have traced a hacking attack which left electronic road signs in Crawley town centre displaying offensive messages for over two hours to a hacking group in the US.

  • November 06, 2006 06 Nov'06

    Backup Exec extends data protection

    Symantec is extending the continuous data protection feature in its Backup Exec product to support Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Sharepoint Server, SQL Server and non-Windows software.

  • November 06, 2006 06 Nov'06

    Securing Microsoft Exchange

    This lesson will explain how to protect your Exchange 2003 environment today from spam, malware and Web-based attacks, and what to anticipate from the new features coming in Exchange Server 2007.

  • November 06, 2006 06 Nov'06

    How to manage encryption keys

    Encryption is an effective way to secure data, but the encryption keys used must be carefully managed to ensure data remains protected and accessible when needed.

  • November 02, 2006 02 Nov'06

    Microsoft tackles Visual Studio security flaw

    Microsoft is investigating a reported security flaw in its Visual Studio 2005 platform, which is said to allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code.

  • November 02, 2006 02 Nov'06

    Governments launch anti-spam initiative

    A joint anti-spam initiative – StopSpamAlliance.org – has been launched by governments and industry bodies

  • November 01, 2006 01 Nov'06

    Tor network privacy could be cracked

    The Tor network is used by those who want to keep their IP addresses private. But new research shows that it's possible to compromise the system and unmask the user.

  • November 01, 2006 01 Nov'06

    Scottish school trials palm reading ID system

    A Scottish primary school’s canteen is being used to trial a palm-reading electronic point of sale (Epos) system.

  • October 31, 2006 31 Oct'06

    Cenzic unveils application security assessment tool

    To help companies better assess the security of their applications, Cenzic has created Hailstorm Enterprise ARC.

  • October 31, 2006 31 Oct'06

    Exploit could disable Windows firewall

    Security experts have warned of a denial of service exploit that could allow hackers to disable the firewall on some versions of Windows.

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    Management must back IT security, say experts

    Security specialists rank management support of security policies as the most important factor in corporate security, according to a report by security certification body ISC2.

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    News in brief

    Short takes on this week's news

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    Injection attacks -- Knowledge and prevention

    SQL injection is recognized as a major threat to application security, but what about other injection attacks? S.P.I. Dynamics' Caleb Sima dissects these exploits and offers straightforward prevention techniques in this podcast.

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    Three countries miss US biometric passport deadline

    The majority of the 27 countries that take part in the US Visa Waiver Programme have met the US requirement to introduce biometric passports equipped with RFID (radio frequency identification) chips.

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    Men more at risk from spyware

    Men aged 18 to 29 are at the highest risk of being infected with spyware, according to research from anti-spyware developer Webroot.

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    Microsoft announces Windows Defender availability

    Microsoft has announced the general release of its free anti-spyware program, a move that steps up its competitive challenge in the security industry, and particularly against Symantec and McAfee.

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    Microsoft suffers new browser threat

    It didn’t take long for Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 7 browser to come under security scrutiny.

  • October 26, 2006 26 Oct'06

    Australian spammer fined £2.2m

    An Australian company and its director have been fined a total of Aus$5.5m (£2.2m) after sending out more than 200m spam e-mails over a 12-month period.

  • October 26, 2006 26 Oct'06

    Achieving compliance: a real-world roadmap

    A security manager's responsibilities extend beyond the technical aspects of the job. These days, effective governance and compliance are just as essential.

  • October 26, 2006 26 Oct'06

    China sues US firms for piracy

    China is beginning to tackle its serious software piracy problem, and Chinese firms are now even suing US firms in US courts for alleged software intellectual property infringements.

  • October 25, 2006 25 Oct'06

    Deadline reached for US biometric passports demand

    The deadline for the introduction of biometric passports for US Visa Waiver countries has now passed.

  • October 25, 2006 25 Oct'06

    RSA adds biometrics to banking phone systems

    RSA has added an extra biometric layer to the security of phone banking systems, as they come under increasing attack by fraudsters.

  • October 25, 2006 25 Oct'06

    Microsoft releases beta 2 for digital certificates

    Microsoft has launched beta 2 of its Certificate Lifecycle Manager (CLM), which helps manage the lifecycle of digital certificates and smart cards.

  • October 25, 2006 25 Oct'06

    BT acquires Counterpane for managed network security

    BT has acquired US-based Counterpane Internet Security as part of its strategy to develop its global professional services capabilities.

  • October 24, 2006 24 Oct'06

    Lord Mayor warns of growing cybercrime threat

    The Lord Mayor of London, David Brewer, last week issued a wake-up call to financial institutions to take a global lead in combating cybercrime.

  • October 24, 2006 24 Oct'06

    UK to get national open source policy institute

    A national open source software policy institute is to be opened in the UK to help aid development and standards.

  • October 24, 2006 24 Oct'06

    Citrix revamps channel strategy

    Citrix is revamping its reseller channel as it expands its product portfolio.

  • October 24, 2006 24 Oct'06

    Telford schools adopt student monitoring software

    Schools in Shropshire are rolling out specialist software to enforce acceptable use policies for students accessing the internet from school computers.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    BT gets tough on spammers

    BT is implementing a fully automated "spambuster" system to track and tackle professional spammers and botnet-infected users on the BT broadband network.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    Manchester Airport staff go wireless

    Runway engineers and other staff at Manchester Airport are to get wireless handheld devices to help reduce paper-based reporting.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    Your shout: hackers, employment rights, ISA Server 2006

    Have your say at computerweekly.com

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    What storage managers are buying and why, page 7

    What storage managers are buying and why

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    Find rich rewards but little glamour in ethical hacking

    Hot skills: Penetration testing is well paid but takes stamina

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    Gartner warns of Vista incompatibility

    Promised changes to security features in Microsoft’s forthcoming Vista operating system could take years to deliver, leaving users with incompatibility problems, analysts have warned.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    Nexsan boosts its storage systems capacity

    Nexsan Technologies has announced a 45% capacity increase in its line of SATA storage systems.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    Claranet offers solution to VPN failures

    Most virtual private networks (VPNs) are inadequate for contemporary business practice and are failing businesses, according to Martin Saunders, group product manager of Claranet.

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