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  • CERT warns of SSH vulnerability

    Posted September 17, 2003 - 11:58 am

    The CERT Coordination Center is warning users about a serious security vulnerability in the OpenSSH (Secure Shell) that could enable a remote attacker to run malicious code or launch a denial of service attack against machines running the popular suite of secure network connectivity tools.
  • Symantec to unveil new security servers

    Posted September 12, 2003 - 11:56 am

    In an attempt to abstract security features into a single appliance, Symantec announced the availability of a new line of firewalls that include intrusion detection software, antivirus applications, antispam software, and a virtual private networks. Will network admins bite?
  • Colleges get tough to prevent computer viruses

    Posted September 12, 2003 - 11:46 am

    After a near 'meltdown' suffered during the recent Slammer and Sobig outbreaks, university IT departments are getting tough with students who refuse to keep their computers' security features up to date. Penalties include fines and being cut off from the network.
  • Blaster, Sobig, and Nachi reinforce customer need for antivirus software

    Posted September 3, 2003 - 5:02 pm

    Malicious software continues to plague corporations as evidenced by the recent barrage of viruses and worms. Unfortunately, companies surveyed by IDC report that in over 30% of the cases where they experienced attacks, the attack was detected but not repelled immediately. Read the full release here.
  • Recent outbreaks show evolution of virus writers

    Posted September 2, 2003 - 11:08 pm

    The recent Sobig.F virus wasn't just unsettling because of the damage it did; according to experts, it showed a sophistication that heralds a frightening new era of e-mail viruses. Find out more about what the coming weeks and months hold.
  • Server may become crucial virus defense

    Posted September 2, 2003 - 11:03 pm

    Vendors have made a brisk business for themselves in selling anti-virus software to end users for installation on desktop machines. But now, with viruses becoming increasingly sophisticated, desktop machines may not have the processing power to stop virus attacks. Read on to find out the future role that mail servers will fill.
  • Expert: Alleged Wi-Fi risks are 'nonsense'

    Posted September 2, 2003 - 10:58 pm

    Many security experts give dire warnings about Wi-Fi use, claiming users open themselves up to denial of service attacks and worse. But that's all nonsense, according to one expert, and much of the blame can be traced back to 3G handset manufacturers who have a financial interest in Wi-Fi's failure.
  • The hacker's wireless toolbox

    Posted September 2, 2003 - 10:15 pm

    This article outlines a number of techniques attackers can use to disable or gain control of your wireless systems, including denial of service, malicious association, MAC spoofing, and man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • Latest virus threats and advisories

    Posted August 27, 2003 - 3:12 pm

    The list provides a synopsis of the latest virus-related threats discovered by Symantec Security Response, including information on: Category rating/risk, name of threat, the day on which the threat was identified, and the day on which a virus definition was added to protect against the threat.
  • VGrep database - name verification tool

    Posted August 27, 2003 - 2:42 pm

    VGrep is a system designed to help clear up some of the confusion surrounding the naming of viruses. It works by running scanners across a large collection of virus-infected files, and parsing their output into a simple text database.The VGrep database is currently maintained by Dmitry Gryaznov, Senior Manager, Advanced Security Research, McAfee Security, and without his help, this tool would not exist in its current up-to-date form.
  • Antivirus companies target spyware, worms

    Posted August 26, 2003 - 7:44 am

    Leading antivirus software makers Symantec Corp. and Network Associates Inc. announced updates to their products on Monday, touting protection against "spyware" and Internet worms to entice customers.
  • Computer passwords of the deceased cause grief for heirs

    Posted August 22, 2003 - 2:12 pm

    Computer security experts warn users to never write down a password. So what are heirs to do when a deceased family member takes a password to the grave - and important financial data is stored in a protected computer? Read on to find out more about a growing problem.
  • Passwords: Evil and expensive?

    Posted August 21, 2003 - 2:06 pm

    The password: it's such a longstanding staple of IT security that we can't do without it, right? Well, a recent study claims that passwords aren't just unnecessary in an IT environment, but are actively harmful. Read on to find out more.
  • Watch out for Bluetooth sniffers

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 2:31 pm

    A British security researcher has unveiled a demonstration program that sniffs out unsecure wireless Bluetooth-capable devises and grabs potentially sensitive data from them. The problem is particularly worrisome because many users don't even realize that the mobile devices they use have Bluetooth capabilities.
  • Symantec set to release new security appliance line

    Posted August 11, 2003 - 4:34 pm

    Fulfilling a promise it made earlier in the year, Symantec Corp. will release next month a new line of gateway security appliances, the Symantec Gateway Security Appliance 5400 Series.
  • U.K. government plans smart card scheme

    Posted July 31, 2003 - 10:27 am

    The British government has unveiled an ambitious plan to move much of the interactions between government and citizen online. The goal is to use smart cards to overcome security and authentication worries. Do you think the system will be secure?
  • Cisco patches Aironet wireless vulnerabilities

    Posted July 29, 2003 - 1:07 pm

    Network hardware giant Cisco Systems Inc. released a software patch and warned customers about two security holes that affect some editions of the Aironet wireless access point.
  • Intrusion detection FAQ

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 5:11 pm

    A comprehensive list of commonly asked questions on intrusion detection. This site boasts its vendor neutrality.
  • Fear, uncertainty and doubt factor into Internet insecurity

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 5:00 pm

    A Gartner analyst believes many security firms create fear with incessant warnings about cyber-terrorism in order to bump up software sales.
  • Network Associates profit dives

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 2:27 pm

    Network Associates, manufacturer of the McAfee line of antivirus software, saw its profits plummet in the third quarter of 2003. What are the implications for the industry as a whole?
  • MS warns of widespread Windows vulnerability

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 9:54 am

    Microsoft Corp. warned customers about three new security flaws in its products, including a buffer overrun in the implementation of a common protocol that could give remote attackers total control over a Windows system.
  • Is Wi-Fi's security bandage going to win over network admins?

    Posted July 15, 2003 - 8:14 pm

    WPA represents a marked security improvement over the older WEP standard - but it's also a temporary fix, a precursor to the upcoming 802.11i standard. Will network admins pass on WPA and wait until the landscape is reworked again next year?
  • WPA security enhancements

    Posted July 15, 2003 - 8:09 pm

    Wondering just how WPA improves the Wi-Fi security situation? This primer takes you through the basics.
  • Wireless LANs move from toys to tools

    Posted July 15, 2003 - 7:58 pm

    Many enterprises that refused to consider wireless LANs due to security concerns are starting to rethink that opinion, now that WPA has become more widely available. Read on to find out how the new security protocol is remaking the landscape. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Buffalo's AirStation products earn WPA certification

    Posted July 15, 2003 - 7:40 pm

    Buffalo Technologies is the latest vendor to receive WPA certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance for its products. This article also outlines some other products that have received similar certification.

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