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  • Study: Weak passwords really do help hackers

    Posted February 9, 2007 - 9:51 am

    Clever combinations of user names and passwords really do help thwart hacker attacks, according to a University of Maryland researcher who detected 270,000 intrusion attempts in 24 days on four Linux computers with weak passwords.
  • Microsoft pledges support for OpenID

    Posted February 6, 2007 - 3:04 pm

    Microsoft Corp. announced it has thrown its weight behind OpenID, an emerging Web authentication standard.
  • Certification body claims Vista fails security test

    Posted February 6, 2007 - 2:17 pm

    Independent security certification body Virus Bulletin has revealed that Microsoft's much touted antivirus product, Live OneCare, is one of four similar products that failed to reach the required standard.
  • McAfee upgrade jams up Lotus Notes

    Posted January 23, 2007 - 9:10 am

    The latest upgrade to McAfee Inc.'s VirusScan Enterprise security software is causing hiccups for some versions of IBM Corp.'s Lotus Notes, the companies warned. The problem affects users who have upgraded to VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i and are using the R6 or R7 version of Lotus Notes, McAfee said.
  • PKI will grow, but policy problems remain

    Posted November 28, 2006 - 2:59 pm

    Public key infrastructure is poised for a resurgence, with associated identity technologies increasingly underpinning applications as organizations look to securely share information, vendors said Tuesday at a standards conference in London.
  • Citibank debuts biometric pay system

    Posted November 21, 2006 - 4:10 pm

    Citibank this month began rolling out biometric payment systems in Singapore that allow Citibank Clear Platinum credit card holders to pay using their fingerprints.
  • Scottish school is first to use palm-vein biometrics

    Posted October 26, 2006 - 9:23 am

    The cafeteria at Todholm Primary School, in Paisley, Scotland, has gone cashless and students are buying lunches by holding their hands over a palm-vein recognition unit produced by Glasgow-based Yarg Biometrics Ltd.
  • Microsoft tests new SharePoint scanning tool

    Posted September 28, 2006 - 3:34 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has released a test version of its new Forefront Security for SharePoint software designed to support upcoming versions of Microsoft's portal software.
  • Juniper, Symantec partner on enterprise security

    Posted September 12, 2006 - 11:20 am

    Juniper Networks Inc. and Symantec Corp. will jointly work on unified threat management (UTM) and intrusion detection and prevention (IDP) products, and in the long term will extend their partnership to antivirus and threat detection.
  • Yahoo, Symantec offer security bundle

    Posted July 25, 2006 - 1:36 pm

    Yahoo Inc., in partnership with Symantec Corp., launched an Internet security software suite dubbed Norton Internet Security and designed to protect online users from threats like viruses and spyware, the companies said Tuesday.
  • Hand raised for security

    Posted July 25, 2006 - 9:50 am

    In 1996, William Beaumont Hospital, a 254-bed community hospital in Troy, Michigan, had a problem: A small number of rogue employees were taking narcotics from a storage area without authorization. The answer: A biometric hand geometry system, which identifies individuals through hand measurements.
  • Intrusion detection and prevention: Promises made and broken

    Posted July 10, 2006 - 10:18 pm

    I remember when intrusion detection systems (IDS) were young. I was impressed with and evangelized the "idea" of IDS, and in theory, it seems as great now as it did then. The thought that these systems would be vigilant on the network, protecting the systems and data from assaults seemed noble. Unfortunately, the modern incarnation of these tools is far from our visions in those days.
  • Finjan files patent lawsuit against Secure Computing

    Posted June 6, 2006 - 8:20 am

    Cybersecurity vendor Finjan Software Ltd. has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against competitor Secure Computing Corp., Finjan announced Monday.
  • Ping Identity software addresses ID management

    Posted June 5, 2006 - 10:09 am

    Targeting companies looking for more secure authentication systems, Ping Identity Corp. announced on Monday two products addressing identity federation and SSO (secure single sign-on).
  • Security firms battle Microsoft

    Posted June 2, 2006 - 11:47 am

    Security software heavyweights Symantec and McAfee say they will go head-to-head with Microsoft's new Windows Live OneCare consumer security suite by releasing new integrated anti-virus and anti-spyware products this summer.
  • Security is in employees' hands

    Posted June 2, 2006 - 9:47 am

    A decade ago, William Beaumont Hospital, a 254-bed community hospital in Troy, Michigan, had a problem with a small number of rogue employees who were stealing narcotics from a storage area. The solution: a biometric hand geometry system, which identifies individuals through hand measurements.
  • Windows Live OneCare now shipping

    Posted May 31, 2006 - 8:41 am

    OneCare will be available for download Wednesday on Microsoft's Web site, a day earlier than expected. By Thursday, the software is expected to be widely available in U.S. retail stores.
  • Symantec squashes antivirus bug

    Posted May 30, 2006 - 2:09 pm

    Symantec Corp. has patched a widely reported flaw in the English versions of its corporate antivirus software.
  • Microsoft's OneCare to go live Thursday

    Posted May 30, 2006 - 8:40 am

    Microsoft Corp. will complete its entry into the desktop security market this week with the general release of its Windows Live OneCare antivirus software.
  • Flaw found in Symantec antivirus

    Posted May 26, 2006 - 9:03 am

    Security researchers at eEye Digital Security Inc. have discovered a serious flaw in Symantec Corp.'s enterprise antivirus software that could be used by hackers to create a self-replicating "worm" attack against Symantec users.
  • AirMagnet: Life beyond security

    Posted May 19, 2006 - 11:32 am

    A marketing strategy and Web site revamp by WiFi security start-up AirMagnet could signal changes in the wireless intrusion detection and prevention market as these technologies become more commonplace and vendors start to add new services and products.
  • Your thoughts are your password

    Posted April 28, 2006 - 11:15 am

    Imagine if all you had to do to authenticate your online ID was to think of a line from your favorite song. In Ottawa, Canada, Carleton University researchers are working on a biometric device that would read your brainwaves; instead of passwords, you'd have "pass-thoughts."
  • Report: E-mail authentication on the rise

    Posted April 21, 2006 - 12:16 pm

    Overall adoption of email authentication technology has grown 60 percent over the last 12 months, according to email security vendor IronPort Systems, which predicts adoption will increase by another 50 percent over the next year.
  • Oracle releases password security tool

    Posted April 19, 2006 - 10:20 am

    Oracle Corp. has released a tool designed to ferret out commonly used default passwords that theoretically could be misused by hackers. Called the Oracle Default Password Scanner, the software was released Tuesday as part of Oracle's quarterly Critical Patch Update.
  • Kaspersky releases mobile antivirus software beta

    Posted April 17, 2006 - 10:38 am

    Kaspersky Lab has released a beta version of mobile antivirus software for smart phones using the Symbian OS, it announced Thursday.

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