Network software

  • February 28, 2006 28 Feb'06

    Universities offered cheaper data back-up services

    Universities are being encouraged to back-up their data with a system introduced by the United Kingdom Education and Research Networking Association (UKERNA).

  • February 27, 2006 27 Feb'06

    IBM launches internal network protection

    IBM has released a new product that tackles internal network security threats.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Cisco faces VPN questions

    Cisco has acknowledged a vulnerability in its 3000-series virtual private network concentrators running WebVPN.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Gates and Chambers head RSA Security Conference

    Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Cisco Systems’ John Chambers kicked off the focal RSA Security Conference in San Jose this week by revealing details about their companies' network access control strategies.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Computer Misuse Act amendment could criminalise tools used by IT professionals

    Security professionals have raised concerns that plans to strengthen the Computer Misuse Act could criminalise the software tools used by IT professionals to test the security of their company networks.

  • February 15, 2006 15 Feb'06

    San storm for ECI

    ECI Telecom has announced a next generation San extension product designed for transport networks to meet the growing market demand for business-critical services.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Kew takes Extreme measures to catalogue its collection

    The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has rolled out a network to underpin a major digitisation project, which will catalogue its entire collection of specimens, periodical titles, prints and drawings.

  • February 08, 2006 08 Feb'06

    MEF drives up quality standards in carrier Ethernet

    The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has expanded its certification program to include quality of service parameters in network kit, to ensure service providers can give their customers the service they demand.

  • 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

    Cisco patches against network authorisation flaw

    Cisco Systems has patched a hole in it main operating switch and router operating system which could allow users to get access to network privileges above their authorisation.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Foundry switches to provide VoIP support

    Foundry Networks has unveiled two 10 Gigabit Ethernet application acceleration switches to support voice over IP and other web applications.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    Police to store number-plate data for at least two years

    Police are planning to store data captured by a proposed national automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera network for at least two years.

  • January 13, 2006 13 Jan'06

    Foundry meets data convergence with 10Gbit switches

    Foundry Networks has unveiled two 10 Gigabit Ethernet application acceleration switches to support voice over IP (VoIP) and other web applications.

  • December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    Step 3: What good are your findings?

    Weak passwords can be a huge security vulnerability. You can mitigate this risk by attempting to find your weaknesses before a malicious hacker does. Contributor Kevin Beaver provides a step-by-step guide on how to crack your own network passwords.

  • December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    Keys to finalizing your Active Directory migration

    When you migrate from Windows NT domains to Windows Active Directory domains, there are many aspects of the migration that can remain unfinished. Expert Derek Melber runs dows the list of areas that should be checked to avoid security gaps in your ...

  • December 01, 2005 01 Dec'05

    Express Newspapers broadens reach with transatlantic IP network

    The Express Newspapers Group is using a fast, high-bandwidth private Internet Protocol (IP) network to share data and applications with its New York and other offices, and to support the North American launch of OK! magazine in September.

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Cern lays foundations for next-generation internet with intercontinental 10 Gig Wan

    Cern, the world's largest particle physics laboratory, has built the first working intercontinental 10 Gigabit Ethernet wide area network. It will ultimately make up part of the fabric of the next-generation internet, dubbed Internet2.

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Cisco produces a mesh for the municipality

    Cisco is launching a range of wireless "mesh" network products designed to be deployed across towns to create municipal wireless broadband.

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Step 5: Configuring the VPN server

    With wireless networks proliferating it is a good idea to understand what it takes to build a VPN for a wireless gateway. Contributor and Microsoft MVP Brien Posey details the necessary steps in this step-by-step guide.

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Step 3: Setting up the certificate authority

    With wireless networks proliferating it is a good idea to understand what it takes to build a VPN for a wireless gateway. Contributor and Microsoft MVP Brien Posey details the necessary steps in this step-by-step guide.

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Step 4: Configuring the authentication server

    With wireless networks proliferating it is a good idea to understand what it takes to build a VPN for a wireless gateway. Contributor and Microsoft MVP Brien Posey details the necessary steps in this step-by-step guide.

  • November 22, 2005 22 Nov'05

    Influential survey says security 'set back by 6 years'

    Update: The SANS Top 20 vulnerability list for 2005 shows the bad guys attacking flawed apps and paying more attention to network holes.

  • November 21, 2005 21 Nov'05

    High bandwidth ups the ante at Coral

    Bookmaker Coral has deployed a high-bandwidth managed network to its 1,268 branches in the UK as part of a £7.1m, five-year contract with BT.

  • November 16, 2005 16 Nov'05

    Bookmaker backs BT for managed network

    Bookmaker Coral has deployed a high-bandwidth managed network to its 1,268 branches throughout the UK as part of a £7.1m, five-year contract with BT.

  • November 15, 2005 15 Nov'05

    VPN flaw could crash networks

    The National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC) has warned of a security hole in a common virtual private networking protocol, which could leave firms open to denial-of-service attacks that crash their systems.

  • November 07, 2005 07 Nov'05

    Juniper hires Black Hat hacker

    Juniper Networks has hired a hacker who exposed serious security vulnerabilities in rival Cisco’s routers, and who was sued as a result.

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    Oracle’s turn for security scrutiny

    A security paper presented at a network security conference held by the SANs Institute in Los Angeles has warned that an attack on Oracle databases because of “weak” protection for users' passwords could put corporate data at risk of exposure.

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    John Moores University implements San to cope with demand from around the world

    Liverpool John Moores University has implemented two storage area networks to help it provide services to its growing number of international franchises.

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    Qualys tool supports access control initiative

    Security company Qualys has integrated its Qualysguard on-demand vulnerability management product with the Network Admission Control programme.

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    Cisco focuses software acceleration effort

    Cisco Systems is forming a business unit to offer application acceleration and network optimisation products.

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    Survey reveals rapid adoption of SSL VPNs for remote access

    Companies are increasingly deploying Secure Sockets Layer virtual private networks to provide remote access to corporate systems, a study from Forrester Research has found.

  • October 24, 2005 24 Oct'05

    Three Sans protect Close Premium Finance data

    Close Premium Finance, which provides finance for insurance brokers and individuals, has built a mirrored three-San (storage area network) environment to protect data relating to the £2bn of insurance premiums that go through its books each year.

  • October 18, 2005 18 Oct'05

    Snort flaw opens up networks to attackers

    A vulnerability in the Snort open-source intrusion protection software could open up networks to remote attackers.

  • October 17, 2005 17 Oct'05

    Palm and RIM join forces to support Treo wireless e-mail

    Palm and RIM have signed a deal to allow users of the Palm Treo 650 personal digital assistant to access their e-mail and calendar over wireless networks using RIM’s Blackberry software.

  • October 13, 2005 13 Oct'05

    Cisco makes play for web acceleration

    Cisco Systems is forming a business unit to offer users new application acceleration and network optimisation products.

  • October 12, 2005 12 Oct'05

    Microsoft settles with RealNetworks for $761m

    RealNetworks has settled its 2003 $1bn (£600m) anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft, with Microsoft agreeing to a $761m settlement.

  • October 11, 2005 11 Oct'05

    Make security case, IT bosses told

    IT directors have to make the business case for network security investment, a Communications Management Association conference was told last week.

  • October 10, 2005 10 Oct'05

    Don't discount software distribution sites as attack vectors

    There's a potential downside to update sites, which offer virtually untapped riches to bad guys wanting to compromise your network. Just ask the author.

  • October 07, 2005 07 Oct'05

    Commercial nous crucial to IT winning security funding

    IT directors must become more savvy about the commercial needs of the business if they are to convince their boards to spend the right amounts in the right places to deliver efficient network security.

  • October 04, 2005 04 Oct'05

    Flawed Linux players get RealNetworks patch

    RealNetworks has patched flaws in two Linux-based media players that left them vulnerable to remote attacks.

  • October 03, 2005 03 Oct'05

    Cisco buys Nemo to cut user networking costs

    Cisco Systems is acquiring US-based network memory company Nemo Systems for $12.5m (£7.3m) to help reduce the cost to users of scaling its network products.

  • September 30, 2005 30 Sep'05

    BAA wins 100% internet uptime guarantee in three-year deal

    Airport giant BAA has signed a three-year deal with virtual network operator Sirocom giving it increased bandwidth and ISP-independent internet access.

  • September 28, 2005 28 Sep'05

    Trend Micro pact strengthens Cisco's self-defending network armoury

    Cisco Systems has bolstered its “self-defending network” technology by forging a stronger alliance with security software company Trend Micro.

  • September 26, 2005 26 Sep'05

    Metro Ethernet users to be given greater product interoperability

    A new network hardware testing standard will encourage enterprises, service providers and telcos to adopt cheaper and more flexible Ethernet technology for data, voice and video connectivity.

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Passwords near sell-by date

    Companies should be looking at alternative ways of gaining access to the network

  • September 19, 2005 19 Sep'05

    Security upgraded at brain sciences unit

    The Medical Research Council has installed security systems from firewall and security specialist Fortinet to protect critical research data on the network used by its cognition and brain sciences unit.

  • September 19, 2005 19 Sep'05

    Security is a culture thing, says Cisco

    Network equipment supplier Cisco told the ISSA conference that creating a security culture is a more important factor in protecting an organisation from cyber attacks than earmarking a specific budget for IT security.

  • September 13, 2005 13 Sep'05

    Ethernet users given greater product interoperability

    A new network hardware testing standard will encourage enterprises, service providers and telcos to adopt cheaper and more flexible Ethernet technology for data, voice and video connectivity.

  • September 08, 2005 08 Sep'05

    Cisco patches IOS flaw

    A serious flaw in Cisco Systems’ switch software puts computer networks at risk of cyber attack.

  • August 31, 2005 31 Aug'05

    C&W's IP ring offers fast access for London

    Cable & Wireless has switched on the London ring of its IP-based Next Generation Network (NGN).

  • August 30, 2005 30 Aug'05

    Myfip's Titan Rain connection

    LURHQ researchers say the Myfip worm is a good example of the malcode Chinese hackers are using in the so-called Titan Rain attacks against U.S. government networks.

  • August 30, 2005 30 Aug'05

    Passive fingerprinting: Applications and prevention

    In this excerpt from the book Silence on the Wire, author Michal Zalewski discusses both malicious and beneficial uses for passive fingerprinting, and how to prevent successful passive fingerprinting on your network.

  • August 30, 2005 30 Aug'05

    Network access control product to confront security threat posed by travelling staff

    LANDesk Software is shipping a network access control (NAC) product that scans computers attempting to connect to a corporate network, and which quarantines any systems that don’t meet the necessary security policies.

  • August 30, 2005 30 Aug'05

    News in brief

    Irwin Mitchell upgrades networks with IP

  • August 23, 2005 23 Aug'05

    Zotob worm beats IT departments in race to patch vulnerable systems

    Software patching is no longer sufficient to protect networks from serious attacks experts warned after the Zotob worm disabled thousands of computer systems last week.

  • August 18, 2005 18 Aug'05

    Citrix Systems set for $300m Netscaler purchase

    Citrix Systems is to acquire application networking company Netscaler for $300m (£176m), to improve the way its thin-client customers access their applications over the web.

  • August 18, 2005 18 Aug'05

    Symantec set to acquire Sygate

    Symantec is to acquire network access control and endpoint security company Sygate to enhance its security product portfolio.

  • August 09, 2005 09 Aug'05

    Jericho winners show how to deperimeterise network security

    Appgate Network Security's proposal for network security won the Jericho Forum challenge at last month's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

  • August 08, 2005 08 Aug'05

    DNS vulnerability could open door to fraud

    A large number of DNS servers, core to the internet's fabric, are vulnerable to attacks that could lead to widespread fraud, according to networking security company DoxPara Research. Researchers found that hundreds of thousands of DNS servers ...

  • August 04, 2005 04 Aug'05

    Security alert as Cisco website is hacked

    Networking giant Cisco has had to mount a security operation on its own website after a bug was found that could expose the passwords of staff, customers and other users.

  • August 04, 2005 04 Aug'05

    Revamped Government Secure Intranet ahead of schedule

    The first phase of the £60m Government Secure Intranet project has been completed more than a year ahead of schedule, giving 350,000 public sector workers from more than 150 government departments access to a common network.

  • August 02, 2005 02 Aug'05

    TNT Express overcomes network bottleneck with modelling tool

    Logistics company TNT Express is using network modelling software to help applications make the best use of network bandwidth.

  • July 25, 2005 25 Jul'05

    Whirlpool to expand IP network

    Whirlpool is to extend its global IP-based network so employees can use Voice over IP (VoIP) and other services to make cheap calls and collaborate across countries.

  • July 25, 2005 25 Jul'05

    BT Global Services to concentrate on managed network IP services

    Organisation wants users to offload operation of both Lans and Wansl BT to concentrate on government, health and financial services

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Telecoms spending set to stagnate

    Even though enterprises across Europe are spending increased sums on their telecoms networks, the coming year will see expenditure trimmed back in the UK, a survey by Forrester has revealed.

  • July 19, 2005 19 Jul'05

    Visa axes payment processor after data theft

    Visa has axed payment processor CardSystems Solutions after its network was breached, compromising the data security of 40 million Visa, MasterCard and American Express customers.

  • July 14, 2005 14 Jul'05

    Microsoft settles data throughput patent dispute

    Microsoft has settled a patent infringement dispute brought by networking company Alacritech, which centred on data throughput performance of Windows-based servers.

  • July 14, 2005 14 Jul'05

    Sophos unleashes zombie hunter

    Security software firm Sophos has introduced an automatic “zombie” detection product which allows companies to locate networked computers that have been taken over by remote hackers.

  • June 28, 2005 28 Jun'05

    US file sharing ruling music to industry's ears

    The US Supreme Court has handed film studios and the music industry a victory against file swapping companies in a ruling that holds peer-to-peer firms such as Grokster and Morpheus responsible for copyright piracy on their networks.

  • June 24, 2005 24 Jun'05

    RealPlayer's critical vulnerabilities patched

    RealNetworks has issued security patches to fix four critical vulnerabilities in its RealPlayer media player.

  • June 17, 2005 17 Jun'05

    Network Appliance buys Decru

    Storage solutions company Network Appliance is buying data security specialist Decru for around $272m (£147m).

  • June 14, 2005 14 Jun'05

    Police Forces choose Novell network security management

    Police Forces choose Novell network security management

  • June 08, 2005 08 Jun'05

    IBM promises to boost firms' internal security

    IBM has unveiled new software and services designed to help businesses efficiently manage internal network security

  • June 07, 2005 07 Jun'05

    3Com beefs up switch line

    3Com has expanded its enterprise network switch line, while at the same including new security features from the acquired TippingPoint business

  • June 03, 2005 03 Jun'05

    Sun to buy out StorageTek

    Sun Microsystems is to buy StorageTek in a £2.26bn deal that will create a giant network computing and data management firm

  • May 27, 2005 27 May'05

    FineGround buy boosts Cisco network optimisation

    Cisco Systems is to acquire network optimisation company FineGround Networks to make sure it doesn’t fall behind rival Juniper...

  • May 19, 2005 19 May'05

    Oasis embarks on easy install standard

    The Oasis standards body is aiming to make it easier to install applications in enterprise networks by developing a specification...

  • May 17, 2005 17 May'05

    Researchers find vulnerability in common security protocol

    Business networks are at risk because of vulnerabilities in a widely used security protocol.

  • May 10, 2005 10 May'05

    Teenager questioned over US military hack

    Authorities in the US and Europe are investigating hacks into US military and NASA networks last year, along with a major breach...

  • May 10, 2005 10 May'05

    Wipro provided managed network for Akzo

    Wipro Technologies has won a multimillion-pound contract to implement a global distributed IT environment at pharmaceuticals and...

  • May 05, 2005 05 May'05

    New director for managed services provider

    Akonix, a provider of business products for secure, managed and integrated multi-network enterprise instant messaging has...

  • May 04, 2005 04 May'05

    Juniper acquisitions could provide Wan boost

    Juniper Networks' acquisition last week of Peribit Networks and Redline Networks should help the company meet user demand for...

  • April 25, 2005 25 Apr'05

    Constant monitoring boosts bank's patching

    Standard Chartered Bank has started using continuous network vulnerability checking to improve patch management.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    Network briefs

    Short takes from this week's network news

  • April 18, 2005 18 Apr'05

    Airwave network on verge of full adoption by all UK police forces

    Police forces are poised for UK-wide availability of the Airwave voice and data network this month, and it could eventually be...

  • April 12, 2005 12 Apr'05

    A manager's guide to firewall logs

    Few IT managers bother to review firewall logs to stay informed about the security of their networks. They should.

  • March 31, 2005 31 Mar'05

    External datacentre suits Selfridges

    Selfridges has outsourced its datacentre and other IT functions to Retail Assist. The outsourcer will provide network management,...

  • March 31, 2005 31 Mar'05

    Cisco spits out poison pill

    Cisco, the world’s biggest provider of networking hardware, has dropped a series of "poison pill" anti-takeover defences.

  • March 30, 2005 30 Mar'05

    Networks in brief

    Short takes from this week's networking news

  • March 29, 2005 29 Mar'05

    BMC completes IAM suite with OpenNetwork purchase

    The acquisition of OpenNetwork, a provider of web access management, web single sign-on, and federated identity management...

  • March 24, 2005 24 Mar'05

    BMC buys web ID firm

    Enterprise management software company BMC Software has acquired web access provider OpenNetwork in an attempt to offer users...

  • March 24, 2005 24 Mar'05

    Siroconnect boosts security of managed remote access

    Global virtual network operator Sirocom is to collaborate with endpoint security market leader Sygate as a strategic technology...

  • March 10, 2005 10 Mar'05

    Oystercard network crashes

    The Oyster card network for London public transport crashed in the early hours of this morning after a failure in the IT...

  • March 08, 2005 08 Mar'05

    English police forces look to join Scottish intelligence data network

    Scotland's national police intelligence database is to be adopted by police forces in England and Wales, raising questions about...

  • March 03, 2005 03 Mar'05

    Security School for CISSP Training: Domain Spotlight on operations security

    The operations department has responsibilities that pertain to everything that takes place to keep a network, computer system, applications and environment up and running in a secure and protected manner. Domain 10 of the Common Body of Knowledge ...

  • March 02, 2005 02 Mar'05

    Viola hits the Networks note

    Viola Networks, a provider of IP network performance assurance and assessment software, has announced NetAlly RealTime version...