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  • Quick fixes for securing Windows 2000 DNS services

    Posted October 29, 2003 - 12:47 am

    Running DNS on a Windows 2000 server? This tutorial will help you do so more securely.
  • Keeping ahead of DNS attacks

    Posted October 29, 2003 - 12:43 am

    Last year's attacks on the Internet's backbone domain name servers has sysadmins understandably nervous. This article discusses the background of the attacks and explains how you can protect your own organization from potential trouble in this area.
  • How to avoid domain pain

    Posted October 29, 2003 - 12:35 am

    Are you worried about securing your domain space? Find out what a prominent domain expert has to say about a unified approach to registrations, protection and management.
  • Sober-A worm pretends to be virus fix

    Posted October 27, 2003 - 8:58 pm

    More irony: a virus is in the wild that purports to be a virus fix. Techies probably won't fall for it, but many casual computer users might. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Symantec buys ON Technology Corp. for $100 million

    Posted October 27, 2003 - 12:23 pm

    Symantec Corp. continued to strengthen its standing as a seller of enterprise security technology on Monday, announcing the purchase of ON Technology Corp., a maker of remote PC management technology, for US $100 million in cash.
  • Son of MSBlast on the way?

    Posted October 24, 2003 - 2:41 pm

    A recently described vulnerability in Windows could soon spawn exploit code and a virus crisis that would match that of MSBlast, says one security expert.
  • AOL quietly resets PC spam settings

    Posted October 24, 2003 - 2:35 pm

    Spam pop-ups using the Windows Messaging Service have annoyed many computer users since they first emerged about a year ago. America Online is taking a tactic to fight these messages that is raising some controversy: the ISP is using a software update to turn off this feature on subscribers' machines without notifying them. Is this a boon to non-tech-savvy users, or an unethical invasion of privacy?
  • Security woes hit Microsoft earnings

    Posted October 24, 2003 - 2:30 pm

    Despite positive overall financial news, Microsoft's latest financial reporting indicates that worries about security are starting to hurt sales. A sharp drop in new corporate contracts was attributed to recent virus attacks and other public security problems with the company's Windows software.
  • Spam: Hurting e-mail and degrading the Internet environment

    Posted October 24, 2003 - 11:40 am

    A new report entitled "Spam: Hurting e-mail and degrading the Internet environment" includes stats and stories about how spam has affected people's experience with e-mail and changed their views about its value. Download the full report here.
  • Patchy years ahead for software users

    Posted October 23, 2003 - 4:42 pm

    Although vendors like Microsoft have been working recently to simplify software patch delivery, the problem remains a critical one for IT administrators who are struggling to keep up with all the patch work.
  • Microsoft posts 'revisions' to security bulletins

    Posted October 23, 2003 - 4:18 pm

    Do you know how to say "Whoops!" in Czech? Staff at Microsoft Corp.'s headquarters may be asking themselves that question after two software patches the company released last week caused problems on foreign language versions of the Windows operating system and Exchange e-mail server.
  • Carnegie Mellon lab tackles cyber-security

    Posted October 22, 2003 - 10:47 pm

    Security, engineering, and public policy experts will be coming together to solve computer security problems at a new lab being started at Carnegie Mellon University. Among other goals, the lab seeks to encourage desperately needed cooperation between the government and private sectors.
  • Setting up your own security lab

    Posted October 21, 2003 - 12:58 am

    How can you know how secure your systems are unless you test them? More and more security professionals are using in-house security labs to test system configurations, patches, and new security products. These links will walk you through the steps of setting up your own security lab. You'll learn how to do everything from choosing the right equipment to convincing your boss to pay for it.
  • Home PCs hijacked to relay spam?

    Posted October 21, 2003 - 12:52 am

    Spammers traditionally took advantage of unsecure computers to relay their messages in a way that makes tracing them to their source difficult. Most corporate machines are now protected against such illicit use - but experts are warning that millions of home computers, connected to the Internet via always-on broadband connections - are beginning to fall under the spammers' sway.
  • Creating a home test lab

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 10:27 pm

    Even if you can't get permission to set a security lab up in the office, you can still build a simple one at home. This article outlines how you can do it without spending too much or taking over too much of your living room. (Article is in PDF format.)
  • Designing a Windows Server 2003 test environment

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 10:23 pm

    If you're planning on rolling out a Windows Server 2003 in your workplace, you'll want to test it out in an isolated environment to make sure it's secure. This tutorial from Microsoft can show you how.
  • Gambit simulates the network with virtual software

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 10:19 pm

    How do you test security measures for a huge network without building another huge network for testing purposes? Gambit, a New England startup, produces software that will help you simulate a very large network for testing purposes.
  • Building your own security lab

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 10:13 pm

    Interested in testing out the security measures on your systems? This article will help you get started with as few as three computers.
  • Building a security lab with virtual machines

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 10:04 pm

    Are you interested in building a security lab, but don't have the hardware to run all the systems you'd like to test? This paper explains how you can use virtual machine technology to simulate multiple systems on one or a few computers. (Paper is in Microsoft Word format.)
  • An isolated network in support of an advanced networks and security course

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 9:59 pm

    This presentation outlines how Texas A&M set up an isolated network that serves a security lab for its computer science students. While this lab exists in an academic setting, the techniques described here would be useful to anyone trying to set up a security sandbox for testing or training purposes. (Presentation is in Microsoft PowerPoint format.)
  • Justify my lab

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 9:55 pm

    You know that a security lab would be invaluable to your organization - but how do you justify it to the higher-ups? This article gives you the tools you'll need to explain the business advantages of a lab setup in language that your managers can understand.
  • Build your own security lab on a shoestring budget

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 9:49 pm

    You're interested in setting up a security lab to better understand your security needs - but can you do it in this age of shrinking IT budgets? This paper will explain how you can build a simple lab at a limited cost. (Paper is in PDF format.)
  • Attack lab design and security mini how-to

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 9:38 pm

    If you're interested in setting up an "attack lab" - an isolated environment where you can test out various exploits against your systems to see where your weaknesses are - then this how-to will explain how it's done.
  • Symantec purchases SSL VPN maker SafeWeb

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 1:18 pm

    Antivirus and computer security company Symantec Corp. said on Monday that it purchased SafeWeb Inc. of Emeryville, California, for $26 million in cash. SafeWeb makes technology that gives workers secure, remote access to network resources over the Internet.
  • NetScreen announces deep inspection firewall

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 11:28 am

    Citing an increase in attacks that take advantage of holes in existing firewall technology, NetScreen Technologies Inc. said on Monday that it will release new "deep packet inspection" features across its line of network firewall products.

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