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  • WLAN management considerations

    Posted April 23, 2003 - 12:30 am

    While WLANs have been billed as a "build and forget" solution, efficient wireless network management requires specialized techniques and skills. Read on to find out if the extra management burden your WLAN will require makes the outlay worthwhile.
  • PDAs make easy pickings for data thieves

    Posted April 23, 2003 - 12:22 am

    A recent PDA security survey came up with some sobering results. Very few users encrypt even the most important data on their PDAs - a situation exacerbated by the fact that most corporations do not have any formal PDA policy or guidelines on the importance of password protection and encryption. Find out how bad the situation is.
  • Seven tips for going wireless

    Posted April 22, 2003 - 11:22 pm

    There's a lot of wi-fi hype out there; this article offers a bit of a reality check. These seven tips will help you decide how - and if - you'll put wireless technology to work in your small business.
  • The wrong wireless approach will cause problems

    Posted April 22, 2003 - 11:12 pm

    With wireless gadgets proliferating, the pressure is on to equip your workforce with every buzzword-compliant device available. But according to this article, handing out wireless devices willy-nilly is the sure road to financial failure. Read on to find out how to assess your real needs.
  • SonicWall's trusted zone of wireless access

    Posted April 22, 2003 - 10:57 pm

    One of the biggest worries businesses have about wireless connectivity is its insecurity. SonicWall, best known for its enterprise-level security products, has recently released a new wireless security appliance aimed directly at the small business market. Find out if it can make your networks safer.
  • Enterasys scales up enterprise switching

    Posted April 21, 2003 - 9:25 am

    Enterasys Networks Inc. supersized its gear for enterprise LANs on Monday, introducing a series of bigger routing switches as well as port modules with higher performance and advanced traffic-handling features.
  • Competitors dispute Sprint's IP network claim

    Posted April 18, 2003 - 3:29 pm

    Sprint Corp.'s announcement this month of a private IP (Internet protocol) network aimed at government users has prompted competitors to dispute the company's claim that the service will be unique.
  • WLAN management considerations

    Posted April 18, 2003 - 1:09 pm

    One of the great appeals of WLANs is their seeming simplicity: just a few access points to install instead of a maze of wires. But there are some WLAN management quirks waiting to snare the unwary, especially those still in the wired management mindset.
  • PDA and wireless security hot topic at RSA

    Posted April 17, 2003 - 2:36 pm

    Companies offering products to secure content stored on wireless devices were out in force at this year's RSA Conference in San Francisco, underscoring the increased urgency with which companies are addressing the security threats posed by mobile workers.
  • UPS all wrapped up in wireless

    Posted April 16, 2003 - 6:42 pm

    UPS has recently rolled out fancy new wireless gadgets for all its drivers and employees - which include Bluetooth and host of other wireless technologies, from infrared to CDMA. Does this type of all-in-one handheld represent the future of the industry? And how will Bluetooth stand up to one of its first wide tests in the field?
  • Cisco brings Gigabit, IPv6 to stackables

    Posted April 15, 2003 - 9:53 am

    Gigabit Ethernet will reach desktops in Cisco Systems Inc.'s latest line of stackable switches, which also can support the nearly unlimited number of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses coming with the IPv6 version of that protocol, Cisco announced Tuesday at the Cisco Partner Summit in Las Vegas.
  • Microsoft strengthens antivirus, spam prevention in Exchange 03

    Posted April 15, 2003 - 9:14 am

    New technology built in to Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange Server 2003 e-mail server will be the foundation of better and more effective antispam and antivirus products in the months to come, the company said in a statement on Monday.
  • WorldCom to adopt MCI name

    Posted April 15, 2003 - 9:01 am

    WorldCom Inc.'s journey back from the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history will lead the giant telecommunications carrier to a new brand name, a new headquarters and a new chief financial officer, the company said Monday.
  • Mobile phone hacking expected to spread

    Posted April 14, 2003 - 2:30 pm

    A denial of service vulnerbility could allow pranksters to crash your mobile phone. The vulnerability is not critical. You simply must "reboot" the phone to resolve the issue. However analysts predict the flaw will renew interest in security vulnerabilities in increasingly complicated mobile phones.
  • Formulating a wireless LAN security policy

    Posted April 14, 2003 - 11:53 am

    This paper recommends a number of key implementation guidelines to ensure the secure deployment of wireless LAN services. The focus is on the IEEE 802.11b standard.
  • Security policy resources

    Posted April 14, 2003 - 11:45 am

    This is a pointer to the Open Directory Project's security policy page of links. The Open Directory Project is human-edited Web directory constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.
  • What to include in a network usage policy

    Posted April 14, 2003 - 11:39 am

    Many companies believe that employee privacy ends where the company communications infrastructure begins. In turn, the courts are supporting this position. This reviews how to create a clear, comprehensive, communicated, and compelled network usage policy.
  • Sample e-mail policies

    Posted April 14, 2003 - 11:30 am

    This site covers e-mail policies in depth - why you need a corporate e-mail policy, how to create one, and how to enforce it. The site offers sample policies that you are encouraged to use. Choose which best suits your needs, or mix and match to create a customized e-policy.
  • Employers exercise legal right to monitor e-mail

    Posted April 14, 2003 - 11:20 am

    A heightened awareness of the dangers in workplace computer use have spurred employers to take steps to reduce liabilities. Nearly 62% of organizations surveyed monitor employees' e-mail and Internet connections. Among employers who monitor, over 68% cite legal liability as the primary reason to keep an eye on employees' online activity.
  • No Internet policy? See the possible consequences

    Posted April 14, 2003 - 11:03 am

    This is a snapshot of the legal, productivity, security and PR consequences of failing to implement a coherent and effective Internet policy.
  • Report: WorldCom to change name to MCI

    Posted April 11, 2003 - 8:32 am

    WorldCom Inc. plans to drop its tainted name in favor of MCI as the bankrupt U.S. carrier seeks to establish a new image with customers, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the company.
  • After three years of Wi-Fi, hurdles remain

    Posted April 10, 2003 - 4:26 pm

    The widespread adoption of the wireless Internet will change the way PCs, handhelds and Web sites are sold and will alter how computer users live, work and play, if the hype is to be believed.
  • Samba patch issued for buffer overflow vulnerability

    Posted April 8, 2003 - 9:29 pm

    A software buffer overflow vulnerability in Samba open-source software could give an attacker remote access to a machine running that software, according to security company Digital Defense Inc.
  • Windows Server 2003 registration key is leaked

    Posted April 8, 2003 - 3:49 pm

    Windows Server 2003 has yet to be officially launched, but a registration key to install Microsoft Corp.'s new server operating system has already been posted online.
  • Building an e-commerce trust infrastructure

    Posted April 7, 2003 - 1:40 pm

    The more secure a customer feels, the more likely they are to purchase your product. Learn to authenticate your site to customers; use 128-Bit SSL to keep transactions secure; and integrate server payment processing to your site. (Available in HTML or PDF format; free registration required.)
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