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Security Software
11/01/2010

Security software gears up for more M&As.

Tech behemoths rushing to fill hardware and software holes in their portfolios may buy up most of the remaining public security software companies over the next 12 to 24 months, according to tech investment bankers and analysts.

Cyberspace New Domain for Warfare
10/31/2010

With the creation of the U.S. Cyber Command in May and last weeks cybersecurity agreement between the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, DoD officials are ready to add cyberspace to sea, land, air and space as the latest domain of warfare, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said Oct. 14.

Karzai Rejects Plan
10/30/2010

The Afghan president on Wednesday rejected pleas from the international community to reverse his order to disband all private security companies, saying money spent on those firms should be invested in the national police force instead.

President Hamid Karzai ordered Afghan and international security companies -- which protect everything from development projects and NATO supply convoys to private houses -- to disband by the end of the year. The decision has drawn criticism from the U.S. and others who worry the Afghan security forces are not ready to assume the burden.

Pilot Licenses
10/29/2010

In an attempt to improve security, Congress told the Federal Aviation Administration in 2004 to come up with a pilots license that included the pilots photo and could contain biometric information like fingerprints or iris scans. Today, the only pilots pictured on FAA licenses are flight pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright, and the licenses lack biometric data.

Beware of Third Party Facebook Applications
10/28/2010

Privacy Concerns, Security Issues, Identity Stolen, Dangers of Social Networking, Social Media Threats, Personal Information Sold. All too often Facebook is the culprit; notorious for breaching the confidences of the hundreds of millions of users who have profiles on the ever-popular Social Networking site. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that their own investigations into Facebook uncovered that many of the more popular third party applications being used on Facebook have been providing access of personal information to dozens of advertising companies.

Afghanistan Regulation
10/27/2010

A United Nations panel has called for more regulation of private security contractors in Afghanistan.

The U.N. working group on mercenaries says self-regulation of the industry has not been effective, and urged the United States to have greater oversight of contractors.

UN and Security Contractors
10/22/2010

Private security contractors working in Afghanistan and other combat zones need more scrutiny or risk charges of human rights abuses, a U.N. panel said.

A U.N. working group has called for more oversight for U.S. security companies working in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Foreclosure Hault Will Effect Security Clearances
10/21/2010

The sudden moratorium on many foreclosures across the country is unexpectedly putting some federal workers and contractors at jeopardy of losing their security clearance because of the heightened uncertainty clouding their finances, according to lawyers who handle these cases.

Employees with security clearances are monitored by the government to see whether they have financial problems that that would make them vulnerable to bribery or blackmail.

DHS Cyber Security Campaign
10/18/2010

The Department of Homeland Security has launched a new cyber security campaign to encourage citizens and organizations to take responsibility for their own online safety, reports InformationWeek.

The awareness campaign called Stop. Think. Connect. is part of Octobers Cyber Security Awareness Month 2010 and is an extension of DHS efforts to promote cyber security in the private sector.

Virtualization vs Security
10/17/2010

Virtualisation  adoption has grown significantly in recent years but so have security threats. Yet, security solutions have tended to stay in the traditionally physical world.

European CyberSecurity Exercise
10/16/2010

The European Union is planning to hold a cybersecurity exercise across its 27 member states next month, the start of what officials hope will be greater cooperation in defending computer networks.The exercise will take place in the first week of November, said Vangelis Ouzounis, senior expert for IT security policies for the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), during the RSA security conference in London on Tuesday.

RSA Security
10/15/2010

RSA advocates a three pronged approach to security, in order to achieve more secure, compliant and manageable IT infrastructures. There needed to be a controls enforcement layer, a controls management layer and a security management layer, it says.

Obama Appoints New National Security Ambassador
10/14/2010

Gen. James Jones, the gruff-talking military man President Barack Obama drafted as his national security adviser, announced Friday he was quitting after a tenure marked by ambitious foreign policy changes and undercurrents of corrosive turf battles.

Jones will be replaced by his chief deputy, Tom Donilon, a former Democratic political operative and lobbyist who in many ways is already the day-to-day leader of the White House national security operation. The move deepens a season of White House turnover near the midpoint of Obama's term, with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel departing last week, chief economic adviser Lawrence Summers leaving by year's end and other changes expected before long.

Germany On Security Council
10/13/2010

Germany won a seat on the U.N. Security Council in a heated three-way race.

Portugal and Canada must now battle for a second seat on the U.N.s most powerful body for pro-Western nations.

African, Asian and Latin American seats were uncontested so South Africa, India and Colombia easily won on Tuesdays first ballot in the 192-member General Assembly.

Food Security
10/12/2010

Food security is of less concern in 2010 than in recent years, even as prices rise, because grain stocks are plentiful and a weakened global economy will stunt demand, according to the United Nations food agency.

World wheat inventories at the end of May were the highest since 2002, and the amount of rice in storage at the close of July was the largest in seven years, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. Corn prices have jumped 12 percent in the past three sessions after a USDA report showed output would be less than expected.

Privacy vs Security
10/11/2010

It is not hard to figure out why the Obama administration wants to make it easier for police and spy agencies to eavesdrop on the latest forms of Internet communication. The burden of keeping the nation safe from crooks and terrorists is daunting, especially in an increasingly virtual world, and it's sensible for law enforcement to seek every possible advantage.

But critics are right to ask whether proposed new regulations could pose a threat to privacy. This is one time when Congress is justified in taking a cautious approach. Any changes in privacy laws will require careful scrutiny to avoid needless erosion of Americans' civil liberties.

National Cyber Security Alliance
10/10/2010

The National Cyber Security Alliance, a public-private partnership focused on educating a digital citizenry to stay safe and secure online, reminds all Americans that today marks the beginning of the 7th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a coordinated effort of the NCSA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and a myriad of companies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation focused on improving online safety and security awareness and education for U.S. citizens and businesses.

ISE Awards Announced
10/08/2010

Tech Exec Networks, Inc. announced finalists and winners for the ISE West Awards 2010. Awards were presented at a dinner gala held at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, CA on September 16, 2010. The awards recognize both Information Security Executives and Projects for outstanding achievements in risk management, data asset protection, compliance, privacy and network security.

Adobe Security
10/14/2010

Adobe is planning to release updates for Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 for Windows and Macintosh, and Adobe Reader 8.2.4 and Acrobat 8.2.4 for Windows and Macintosh to resolve critical security issues.

Haiti Response and Security
10/07/2010

Chairman Pryor, Ranking Member Ensign, and members of the committee, I appreciate your inviting me to testify today on earthquake preparedness. I will address the U.S. Agency for International Developments efforts to respond to the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile earlier this year, reflect briefly on our assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and also discuss the structures in place in the host countries that aided or hindered our response.

Sierra Leon Embargo
10/06/2010

The U.N. Security Council is lifting a 13-year-old arms embargo against the small west African nation of Sierra Leone after being assured that the nation is sufficiently stable following the civil war that ended in 2002.

The 15-member council said Wednesday that it was removing the last U.N. sanctions on the country because the government had fully re-established control over its territory and former fighters had been successfully disarmed and demobilized.

Windows 7 Security
10/05/2010

Windows 7 has been warmly received and swiftly adopted by businesses, with the result that many IT admins are now struggling with the platforms new security features. In addition to changes to User Account Control, BitLocker, and other features inherited from Windows Vista, Windows 7 introduces a slew of new security capabilities that businesses will want to take advantage of.

RSS Security
10/03/2010

RSS is growing at a lightening speed. What was once only known as a "techie tool", RSS is becoming a tool that is continuously being used by the general population. Along with the good comes, the not so good. And while some have mentioned the emergence of RSS spam, where content publishers dynamically generate nonsensical feeds stuffed with keywords, the real concern relates to security. While an annoyance to the search engines, spam in RSS feeds pales in comparison to the possible security concerns that could be in RSS future.

RSS Security

Bidens Security
10/02/2010

The official residence of Vice President Biden, on the grounds of the Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington, is about to get an expensive security upgrade.

The Department of the Navy plans to install a 10-foot-high ornamental fence and additional security checkpoints around the vice president's residential compound. The project was approved by the National Capital Planning Commission, which must green-light building projects within the capital city.

Google Security
10/01/2010

Google Inc. is making it tougher for computer hackers and other imposters to break into e-mail accounts and other password-protected services.

An additional security measure introduced last week will require typing a six-digit code after an accountholders Google password is entered. The codes will be sent to peoples mobile phones.

Iraq Has Money But Will Not Pay for Security
09/30/2010

American combat forces have left Iraq, but the bills for the war keep coming. Right now, Congress is debating an appropriation for $2 billion on top of $667 billion already spent on military operations and training since 2003.

Now, however, the sentiment is growing among senior government officials that Iraq should begin sharing these costs. The State, Treasury and Defense departments agree on this.

Hotmail, Bing, Office Web Apps, Security Tweaks Made Microsofts Week
09/29/2010

Microsoft tweaked its cloud offerings this week, with new features for Office Web Apps, Bing and Hotmail. The company also unveiled an HPC server and adjusted a security software agreement.

Microsoft tweaked its cloud offerings this week, introducing new features to Office Web Apps, Bing and Hotmail designed to give those services further advantage over Yahoo and Google.

Technology Has Spawned Industries
09/28/2010

The technical search giant, Google, alone is the inspiration and sole cause behind the creation of thousands of new businesses. There are now companies dedicated solely to Pay-Per-Click campaign management. Thousands of individuals and companies now make money through search engine optimization and outsourcing their services to improve website rankings, specifically to see that a website ranks well in Googles organic search results. There are now software applications that can determine what keywords to use in optimizing a website for search engine rankings, and other software programs that assess and evaluate website traffic and popularity. These products and businesses were all brought to fruition as a result of Googles Internet search domination and technical stature.

Technology Has Spawned Industries

Regis College Campus Security Beefed Up
09/26/2010

Regis College students will resume classes today, but in the wake of a murder on campus early yesterday morning, security will be stricter, according to a release from the college.

Elhadji Malick Ndiaye, 18, of Waltham, was stabbed to death around 3:30 a.m. in a parking lot at the college yesterday. A 22-year-old Waltham man was also stabbed. His condition is unknown and authorities have not identified him.

The pair were not students and no one has been arrested for the attack.

As part of the beefed up security, the college said the campus will remain open for students, staff and only their identified guests, and all access will be monitored.

The gates near the athletic complex and the stamp museum will be closed and locked.

The main drive will be closed by police from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Security Vulnerabilities Decline
09/24/2010

Is the number of new IT security vulnerabilities growing? According to a new report from HP TippingPoint and Qualys, the total number of newly discovered IT vulnerabilities peaked in 2006 and has yet to return to the same level.

Intel Fall Out
09/23/2010

Intel has spent the past several days dealing with fallout from the discovery of a master key for the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection HDCP protocol, ending a busy week in IT security news.

The HDCP protocol was developed by Intel to protect digital video and audio content as it is transmitted between devices and to verify the device receiving the content is licensed to do so. On Sept. 14, a report surfaced that a master key for HDCP had been revealed on the Internet. The master key can be used to generate keys for devices.

Social Media Security Issues
09/22/2010

The head of Interpol has warned that cybercrime is the 'most dangerous criminal threat we will ever face after fraudsters stole his identity on Facebook.

Security chief Ronald K. Noble revealed that two fake accounts were created in his name and used to find the details of highly-dangerous criminals.



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