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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-10       Article Source : CRN

With Symantec and McAfee in its sights, Microsoft last week announced it will release its much-anticipated desktop security software—currently dubbed Microsoft Client Protection—into beta-testing later this year.

The combined antivirus, antimalware and antispyware product, developed under the code name Jamaica, is expected to be renamed and released in 2006, though Microsoft acknowledged that ship date it could slip.

Microsoft partners expect the solution to sell well into cost-conscious SMB customers but to be a harder sell to the enterprise. Read More...  

Posted by inet on 2005-10-08       Article Source : TechWeb News

Congress on Friday declared October "National Cyber Security Awareness Month" as a not-for-profit group composed of government agencies and big-name technology firms geared up for a long-term campaign to ease growing consumer fears of the Internet.

"That's what we're trying to prevent, the erosion of confidence in the Internet," said Ron Teixeira, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). "Yes, it's dangerous, but there are steps you can take."

Several recent studies have concluded that e-commerce in particular, Internet

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-08       Article Source : TechWeb News

Private information technology companies stand to gain hefty profits through a Department of Homeland Security project.
DHS announced last week that it would hold a conference on its Eagle Project, a program seeking IT support to centralize purchases across the 22 agencies under DHS supervision. In a request for proposals that’s open until the end of this month, DHS states that small and large businesses can submit proposals. The project is expected to draw millions, if not billions, of dollars over the

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-08       Article Source : Messaging Pipeline

Minnesota’s Ramsey County division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will use Omnipod's POD to communicate during disasters.

For secure instant messaging and to quickly locate personnel to respond to county emergencies, the state of Minnesota’s Ramsey County Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) has implemented Ominpod's Professional Online Desktop (POD) hosted IM service to better deploy volunteers when disaster strikes.

EMHS provides behind-the-scenes assistance at major emergencies and will use the POD messaging technology to help authorities

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-07       Article Source : TechWeb News

Nokia Inc. has signed an agreement to use Symantec Corp.'s mobile security software in the handset maker's Series 60 advanced cellular phone, both companies said Wednesday.
Under the agreement, the Finnish manufacturer will preload Series 60 phones that run the Symbian operating system with the Symantec anti-virus software.

"Nokia is determined to be active in the development of security controls and preventive measures against malware," Matti Vänskä, director of Nokia technology platforms, said in a statement.

Advanced cellular

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-07       Article Source : VARBusiness

Identity management is crucial to protect public and private sectors alike, and requires the cooperation and expertise of both to be achieved, said Gurvais Grigg, unit chief in the counterterrorism division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

Identity management poses as much a challenge for government as it does private citizens. The difference is, of course, that failure to implement a proper solution can result in breaches of national security.

"We're just waking up to the problems and challenges," Grigg said

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-06       Article Source : TechWeb News

EarthLink Inc. on Tuesday released a suite of security tools to help protect subscribers' computers.
The Protection Control Center includes anti-virus software, a spyware blocker and a firewall, officials with the Atlanta-based Internet service provider said.

The software suite integrates the individual security tools for faster scanning of a PC. The suite also allows subscribers to make applications or cookies exempt from being scanned or removed.

The Protection Control Center, available on EarthLink's Web site, is offered at

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-06   

Internet Security Systems on Monday launched a managed security service that helps customers assess vulnerabilities and prioritize remediation procedures.

ISS’ new Vulnerability Management Service extends the company’s previous threat scanning service by placing “drones” inside customer networks, said John Wheeler, director of deployment and integration at the Atlanta-based vendor. “ISS has been providing remote scanning services, but it has been a view from the outside,” he said. “Now we have both internal and external views.”

The service also helps customers

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-05       Article Source : TechWeb News

Symantec kept up its buying spree Monday as it announced the planned purchase of Houston, Texas-based BindView Development for $209 million in cash.
Just over a week ago, Symantec said it would buy Austin, Tex.-based WholeSecurity, a 60-employee maker of anti-phishing and intrusion prevention software, for an undisclosed amount.

BindView is a bigger fish, with more than 500 employees and expected revenues in the third quarter of $17.7 to $18.1 million. Its technology, which Symantec characterized as agentless security policy

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-05       Article Source : AP - The Associated Press

LONDON - Business leaders representing industries ranging from pharmaceutical to software agreed at a meeting here Tuesday to form a coalition to lobby governments around the world to step up the fight against international piracy and counterfeiting.

Executives including Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steven Ballmer, EMI Group PLC Chairman Eric Nicoli and NBC Universal Chief Executive Officer Bob Wright said many governments had not done enough to legislate against — or enforce existing legislation against — the theft of intellectual property.

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-02   

PandaLabs has identified Adware/PremiumSearch, a new malicious code that takes advantage of some of the most popular Internet search engines. This cybercrime attack would seem to mimic the actions of the worm detected last week, that altered the sponsored links in Google searches.

In this case the infection originates from visits to a certain web page, when users are redirected from other pages containing warez (illegal software versions) or pornography. In addition to PremiumSearch, this page also installs Application/WorldAntiSpy on victims' computers, along

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-02       Article Source : Computerworld

An internal Novell investigation of an apparent hack involving one of its computers revealed that the incident was less serious than was described by the security consultant who reported it to the company, a spokesman said Friday.

The company also asserted that several of the claims made by the researcher were inaccurate.

Chris Brandon, president of Brandon Internet Security in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday had said that a server apparently set up for gaming purposes by some workers at Novell had

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-02   

Microsoft has developed a number of sites to help you ensure that your software is up to date and secure.

Whether you're looking for a quick fix with the latest patch to protect against a new security threat or want to bring your software up to date with a new service pack, you can do so easily via one of Microsoft's download sites. The one you select will depend on how urgent your need is, as well as your level of technical knowledge.

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