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  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Contractors' group offers vetting service

    IT contractors will be able to offer prospective employers more evidence of their technical skills and their security status under a new scheme.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Cisco unifies protection with latest Anti-X

    Cisco Systems has extended its Anti-X network threat prevention service and its Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network (SSL VPN) technology to improve network security. The company outlined its security strategy at the start of the RSA ...

  • February 20, 2006 20 Feb'06

    Red Hat attains NIAP security compliance

    In partnership with IBM, Red Hat has attained National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) for Controlled Access Protection Profile compliance.

  • February 20, 2006 20 Feb'06

    BP chief to speak on IT security

    IT security, complex projects and the future of the CIO are just some of the topics coming up at Computer Weekly's 500 Club.

  • February 20, 2006 20 Feb'06

    Sun beefs up security on Java servers

    Sun Microsystems is unveiling new security options for its Sun Java System Web Server and open source Solaris operating system this week.

  • February 16, 2006 16 Feb'06

    Faulty Microsoft security patch leaves users unprotected

    Microsoft has admitted there is a problem with one the security patches it issued this week as part of its monthly patching cycle. The fault means some users will have to install the patch again, to make sure they are fully protected.

  • February 15, 2006 15 Feb'06

    Brown drums up support for biometrics

    Chancellor Gordon Brown has been praising the use of biometric technology for cross-border control, anti-terrorist activity and to combat identity theft.

  • February 15, 2006 15 Feb'06

    Microsoft issues seven security patches, two critical

    Microsoft has released seven security patches as part of its monthly updating cycle, including a "critical" patch for a Windows Meta File (WMF) vulnerability in Internet Explorer.

  • February 14, 2006 14 Feb'06

    RSA offers low cost two factor authentication

    RSA Security is to offer businesses a range of lower cost alternatives to traditional two factor authentication tokens, in a move that could accelerate the replacement of passwords with more secure forms of authentication.

  • February 14, 2006 14 Feb'06

    BI software market set for steady growth

    The market for business intelligence software will grow consistently over the next three years to reach £1.7bn in 2009 from £1.35bn in 2005, according to Gartner. This year it is forecasting growth of 6% in BI, lifting sales to £1.4bn.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Downtime: Make room for me at Heartbreak Hotel

    IT security specialists are warning that, with many millions of e-cards expected to be sent today in the name of love, it is a prime time for hackers.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    NHS IT seeks security chief as GPs voice fears over confidentiality of patient data

    The government plans to appoint a senior security director to oversee IT security across the whole of the NHS' ambitious national programme for IT (NPfIT).

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Web analytics raises online stakes

    Organisations should take a fresh look at the potential benefits of using web analytics to drive their online business, according to Gartner.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Cisco builds on adaptive security effort

    Cisco Systems is this week launching its Content Security and Control Security Services Module is designed for the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 5500 series.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Sun to widen user security options

    Sun Microsystems is unveiling new security options for its Sun Java System Web Server and open-source Solaris operating system this week.

  • February 10, 2006 10 Feb'06

    Microsoft widens enterprise security offering

    Microsoft has expanded its enterprise security options.

  • February 10, 2006 10 Feb'06

    Bank of America hit by another security breach

    The US’ largest bank has cancelled the debit cards of some customers following a data security breach at an undisclosed company.

  • February 10, 2006 10 Feb'06

    Phones at risk of drive by attacks

    A number of mobile phones from Sony Ericsson are vulnerable to remote attack from a “drive-by” technique.

  • February 09, 2006 09 Feb'06

    British businesses see VOIP benefits

    UK enterprises are ahead of their European counterparts in the adoption of voice over IP technology, and uptake is not simply driven by the desire to reduce call costs.

  • February 09, 2006 09 Feb'06

    French bank accounts targeted by Russian virus gangs

    Russian criminal gangs have used sophisticated virus programs to steal more than £600,000 from personal bank accounts across France.

  • February 08, 2006 08 Feb'06

    Linksys launches switches for SMB networks

    Linksys unveils new range of web and SNMP Switches designed especially for SMBs

  • February 08, 2006 08 Feb'06

    Gartner forecasts steady growth in BI software sales

    The market for business intelligence software will grow consistently over the next three years to reach £3bn in 2009, rising from £2.35bn last year, according to Gartner.

  • February 07, 2006 07 Feb'06

    Microsoft OneCare expected to undercut main security software players

    Microsoft is set to announce the availability and pricing plans of its OneCare Live security software subscription service this week.

  • February 07, 2006 07 Feb'06

    Public sector security conference

    Determining a potential security threat and minimising risk while maintaining confidentiality, integrity and availability of information is a key challenge faced by all public sector administrations.

  • February 07, 2006 07 Feb'06

    IBM calls for global co-operation

    The global IT threat remained at a medium level for most of 2005, according to IBM's 2005 Global Business Security Index Report, which also offers BCS members an insight into some of the potential security threats in 2006.

  • February 07, 2006 07 Feb'06

    City contractor rates hit four-year high as compliance drives demand

    Recruitment is booming in City IT departments as financial companies increase their investment in systems to support regulatory compliance and security.

  • February 06, 2006 06 Feb'06

    Adobe graphics flaw could see design work destroyed

    A security flaw in Adobe Systems' line of graphics design software could allow unauthorised users to change or destroy program files, the company has said.

  • February 06, 2006 06 Feb'06

    Kama Sutra's failed seduction

    The second wave of the Kama Sutra virus has failed to seduce as many users as first feared.

  • February 03, 2006 03 Feb'06

    F-Secure victim of Trojan hoax e-mail

    Internet users are being warned about a new Trojan horse in the wild that is disguised as an e-mail message from internet security company F-Secure.

  • February 03, 2006 03 Feb'06

    Russian hacker groups sold WMF exploit code

    Hacker groups in Russia were trying to sell exploit code for the recent Windows Meta File flaw before it was even discovered by security software companies.

  • February 03, 2006 03 Feb'06

    Google court battle over porn records delayed

    Google's court battle with the US government over the disclosure of customer search results has been postponed to 13 March.

  • February 02, 2006 02 Feb'06

    New IE7 browser is buggy

    The first bugs have been found in the preview version of Internet Explorer 7, one day after it was released to the public.

  • February 02, 2006 02 Feb'06

    Oracle faces more security questions

    Analyst firm Gartner has warned that Oracle’s databases are in danger of losing their reputation for security, and has advised systems administrators to do more to protect their systems.

  • February 02, 2006 02 Feb'06

    Microsoft updates Windows Server 2003 with new features

    Microsoft has updated its Windows Server 2003 operating system, and its internet and Security Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004, a product for branch office firewall and virtual private networks.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    US Homeland Security network condemned as insecure

    The US Department of Homeland Security's wide area network (Wan) is plagued by security problems, according to a government watchdog.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    AOL patches critical media player flaw

    Users of AOL’s Winamp 5.12 media player are being urged to upgrade it to avoid a critical flaw in the player that could allow a remote attacker to take over their system.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    Firms warned of stealth virus risk

    Businesses are at risk from a new generation of targeted stealth viruses as organised criminal groups exploit weaknesses in corporate systems to steal sensitive data for profit, security experts have warned.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    Salaries for IT security professionals rise by 3.5% in 2005

    Salaries for UK IT security professionals rose by 3.5% in 2005, outstripping the rises experienced in most other European countries, research has revealed.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    Banks must work with customers to fight online fraud, urges FSA

    The Financial Services Authority is urging high street banks to work with their online customers to fight fraud.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    Ethical hacking on rise

    Businesses are hiring a growing number of ethical hackers to test the security of their IT systems, consulting group NCC said this week.

  • January 30, 2006 30 Jan'06

    FAST to take legal action against 150 software file sharers

    Ten internet service providers have been ordered by the High Court to hand over customer details of 150 individuals alleged to have illegally shared software.

  • January 27, 2006 27 Jan'06

    Phisher could get 30-year jail term

    A Californian man faces up to 30 years in prison for a phishing scam that stole the credit and debit card numbers of AOL customers.

  • January 27, 2006 27 Jan'06

    Kama Sutra worm set to strike again next week

    Businesses should brace themselves for a further spread of the Kama Sutra worm next Friday (3 February), as the worm is programmed to try and replicate itself from already-infected machines.

  • January 27, 2006 27 Jan'06

    Ethical hackers help firms fight attacks

    Businesses are hiring a growing number of ethical hackers to test the security of their IT systems, the consulting group NCC said this week.

  • January 25, 2006 25 Jan'06

    Cybertrust adds merchant monitoring to compliance programme

    Information security specialist Cybertrust has enhanced its Online Compliance Programme, which helps acquiring banks, merchants and payment service providers monitor compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard.

  • January 25, 2006 25 Jan'06

    US computer security costs £38bn a year

    Dealing with viruses, spyware, PC theft and other computer-related crimes costs US businesses £38bn a year, according to the FBI.

  • January 25, 2006 25 Jan'06

    Security gets all professional

    Leading companies such as Royal Bank of Scotland, BT and HBOS are lending their support for the newly minted Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP).

  • January 25, 2006 25 Jan'06

    Who's bad? Malware spreaders tackled

    Technology companies and other organisations have formed a coalition to try and take on firms that spread spyware and adware.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Microsoft gets more time to comply with EU server ruling

    Microsoft has been given until 15 February by the European Commission to comply with one part of the EC’s March 2004 anti-trust ruling against the software giant.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Data security failings

    Businesses across Europe are failing to secure their critical business data, despite its importance to the business, a survey of 150 IT directors has revealed.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Kama Sutra worm seduces users

    A new e-mail worm that spreads by promising pornographic content has become the top worldwide virus threat.

  • January 23, 2006 23 Jan'06

    Police urge action on web attacks

    The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) has advised businesses to ensure they have the technology in place to counter attacks on their websites.

  • January 23, 2006 23 Jan'06

    INSIDE THE BCS: Microsoft expert offers security tips

    Under the banner “How Secure Are Your Systems? Understanding Internet Threats”, Edward Gibson, chief security advisor at Microsoft, will be speaking to the BCS Belfast Branch on 31 January.

  • January 23, 2006 23 Jan'06

    Hackers claim 900,000 blog accounts compromised

    Hackers claim to have compromised 900,000 blogging accounts hosted by the Livejournal blogging service.

  • January 23, 2006 23 Jan'06

    Softek Storage gains further funding

    ORIX Venture Finance has provided $10 million in senior debt financing to Softek Storage Solutions. Softek regards itself as a leader in non-disruptive, vendor-independent data migration solutions and sees the refinancing as intrinsic in plans to ...

  • January 20, 2006 20 Jan'06

    US prosecutors demand jail for spammer

    The first person to be prosecuted under tough US federal anti-spam laws has pleased guilty to the charges.

  • January 20, 2006 20 Jan'06

    F-Secure patches 19 security products against attack

    F-Secure has issued a patch to fix critical security flaws in a number of its anti-virus and internet security products.

  • January 20, 2006 20 Jan'06

    FBI says 90% of US firms experience computer attacks

    Almost 90% of US companies experienced some kind of computer security attack in 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said, with many attacks costing firms an average $24,000 (£14,200).

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    HP and Hitachi to jointly improve enterprise security

    HP and Hitachi are to conduct joint work on key security and privacy technology issues.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    US consumers still happy to buy online

    A survey by the Business Software Alliance claimed consumer enthusiasm for online Christmas shopping appeared to have been boosted by confidence in protective security measures such as anti-virus and anti-spyware programs.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    Coalition agrees on spyware guidelines

    The Anti-Spyware Coalition, whose members include Microsoft, Symantec, Computer Associates, McAfee, AOL and Yahoo, has finalised its spyware detection guidelines after taking into account public comments on a proposed version introduced last October.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    Apple and Microsoft move to fix bugs

    Apple has fixed some bugs in its QuickTime media player to correct five flaws that could be used by attackers to run unauthorised code on machines running Mac OS X or Windows.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    Cisco fixes VoIP security problem

    Cisco has fixed two security flaws in one of its main voice over IP products, which could allow attackers to crash company networks or take over systems.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    Security threat to back-up systems

    Companies are being urged to patch their data back-up systems against a number of security holes in the products of two market leading companies.

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    Royal London deploys staff snooping system

    Royal London, the mutual life and pension company, has installed new security software to snoop on the computer activity of its 2,900 staff across the UK.

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    Oracle fixes 82 flaws in its software

    Oracle has released patches addressing 82 separate security vulnerabilities in its database, application server and e-business software.

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    Microsoft simplifies software support cycle

    End of the Microsoft Support Lifecycle will now coincide with the release of Microsoft’s monthly security bulletin

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    IE7 will allow users to easily wipe their history

    Microsoft’s forthcoming Internet Explorer 7 browser will include an easy history deletion feature to help maintain users’ privacy and security.

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    Microsoft issues first security patch for Windows Vista

    Microsoft has issued its first security patch to the new Windows Vista operating system.

  • January 17, 2006 17 Jan'06

    New GPL open-source software licence launched

    The Free Software Foundation has released the first draft of the General Public License version 3, as the first move to update GPL’s patent and digital rights management provisions, which currently cover most open-source software.

  • January 16, 2006 16 Jan'06

    News in brief

    Short takes from this week's news

  • January 16, 2006 16 Jan'06

    Security institute plans Feb launch

    The UK's first professional body for IT security staff, the Institute for Information Security Professionals, is gearing up for a formal launch at the end of February.

  • January 13, 2006 13 Jan'06

    Research body sees the benefit of business critical solutions

    CERN has enhanced its mission critical IT infrastructure.

  • January 13, 2006 13 Jan'06

    Apple's QuickTime update bites users

    A security update to Apple Computer’s widely used QuickTime media player is being blamed for a variety of computing problems for both Mac OS X and Windows users.

  • January 12, 2006 12 Jan'06

    MasterCard cuts e-business authentication charges

    MasterCard has announced lower transaction charges for online merchants using the company's SecureCode service to authenticate customers.

  • January 12, 2006 12 Jan'06

    Linux more vulnerable than Windows, claims US report

    A study by the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team has created controversy after it said that more vulnerabilities were found in Linux/Unix systems than in Windows last year.

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    MPs blast parliament's IT

    The House of Commons Administration Committee has slammed the IT facilities available to new MPs and called on Westminster to consider making a secure wireless Lan available.

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    Windows hit by more graphics bugs

    A hacker has released details of two further security flaws in the way Microsoft Windows handles Windows metafile images on the internet.

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    Microsoft bows to user pressure with early security patch

    Microsoft has responded to user pressure and brought forward the release of a patch for a dangerous flaw in its Windows operating system.

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    Barclays offers discounted security software to customers

    Barclays Bank is recommending that its online banking customers buy discounted F-Secure internet security software to protect their online activity.

  • January 06, 2006 06 Jan'06

    Linux/Unix bugs outnumber Windows flaws three-to-one in 2005

    The US Computer Emergency Response Team has said Linux and Unix security bugs outnumbered those found in Microsoft Windows by three-to-one last year.

  • January 06, 2006 06 Jan'06

    US spammer fined $11.2bn

    A Florida man has been fined $11.2bn (£6.6bn) for sending out 280 million spam messages.

  • January 06, 2006 06 Jan'06

    Microsoft rushes out critical Windows security patch

    Microsoft has rushed out a security patch to fix a critical flaw in the Windows operating system ahead of its usual monthly security schedule.

  • January 06, 2006 06 Jan'06

    New Sober worm is unleashed

    A new version of the Sober worm was unleashed last night, with the timing chosen to correspond with the founding of the German Nazi party and a major German political conference starting today.

  • January 05, 2006 05 Jan'06

    US begins major RFID passport trial

    As the debate rumbles on around the use of smartcards and advanced biometrics as a means of establishing identity within organisations, the US government is making strides to take such technologies into the public domain.

  • January 05, 2006 05 Jan'06

    Blue Coat buys Premeo to offer end-point security

    Internet security company Blue Coat has acquired end-point security provider Premeo for $61m (£36m) to broaden its product portfolio.

  • December 21, 2005 21 Dec'05

    XP gets US government security rating

    The US government has given some versions of Microsoft’s Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems the highly regarded Common Criteria security certification rating.

  • December 21, 2005 21 Dec'05

    Hackers crack X-Box software

    Microsoft’s operating systems aren’t the only products from the company to suffer hacker attacks. Now its new Xbox 360 games console is under threat after hackers claimed to have cracked their way into the software that runs the machine.

  • December 21, 2005 21 Dec'05

    New Dasher worm targets Windows 2000

    A new worm has emerged, which targets Windows 2000 systems. It is based on an exploit for a recently patched bug in Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator.

  • December 20, 2005 20 Dec'05

    Symantec shuts down discussion groups

    One user has started a new, independent forum in response, saying IT professionals need a place to find support for problems related to the AV giant's products.

  • December 19, 2005 19 Dec'05

    Sober worm code cracked

    Security firm F-Secure says it has cracked the code used by the Sober worm, potentially blocking the worm from receiving updates.

  • December 19, 2005 19 Dec'05

    Spyware still on the increase

    The latest threat management report from antivirus firm Sophos presents a worrying, but not entirely unexpected, picture on the state of spyware, with companies seeing a dramatic increase in infections throughout 2005.

  • December 19, 2005 19 Dec'05

    More Microsoft patches this week

    Microsoft is planning two new software security fixes – one of which is said to be critical – in the latest batch of security updates.

  • December 19, 2005 19 Dec'05

    IT security professionals move on up

    Information security professionals are now more highly regarded, and are moving up the corporate ladder towards the board, according to a survey by analyst firm IDC.

  • December 16, 2005 16 Dec'05

    Microsoft security patches conflict with system settings

    Microsoft’s latest security updates conflict with some systems’ security settings by overwriting a previously installed file.

  • December 16, 2005 16 Dec'05

    Windows platforms achieve government security accreditation

    A number of Microsoft Windows platform products have achieved high security levels in the Common Criteria IT assurance scheme.

  • December 16, 2005 16 Dec'05

    Adobe moves to regular patching cycle

    Adobe is following the lead set by Microsoft and Oracle and plans to start issuing patches for its expanded product suite as part of a set cycle.

  • December 14, 2005 14 Dec'05

    Roundup: 2005's 'curious malicious code'

    These viruses, worms and Trojans sometimes escaped our notice. But it didn't get past one antivirus vendor, who rounded up some of the year's stranger offerings from the underground.

  • December 14, 2005 14 Dec'05

    Microsoft patches critical IE flaws

    Microsoft has patched a number of serious security flaws in its Windows operating system, which mainly relate to holes in the company’s Internet Explorer browser.

  • December 14, 2005 14 Dec'05

    Quality testing tools could aid developers

    Developers building high-quality software could benefit from two new application quality testing tools from Compuware.

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