Network Security Roundup for July 15, 2003

Stay on top of the fast-moving world of network security with ECT News Network’s daily roundup of breaking news. Evaluate Outsourcing Partners14-Jul-03 05:46 ET

Story Highlights:“Working with managed security service providers (MSSP) isn’t much different from any other type of outsourcing commitment. All of the basic rules still apply, including setting specific requirements, incorporating strict service-level agreements with penalties, and re-evaluating your needs — and the provider’s competencies — at regular intervals. But when it comes to managing security functions, there are additional factors that can improve the relationship and the quality of security coverage provided by your MSSP.”

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ComputerWorld: Ten Ways To Defend Against Viruses14-Jul-03 09:58 ET

Story Highlights:“Keeping antivirus software up-to-date is critically important for all platforms, even if some of the operating systems, such as Macintosh and Linux, aren’t as widely targeted by virus threats. But the key to ensuring that your network remains virus-free is something beyond the deployment of dependable antivirus solutions.”

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The Register: Symantec ‘Security Scan’ Distributes Rootkit15-Jul-03 15:01 ET

Story Highlights:“‘Symantec Security Check is a free web-based tool that enables users to test their computer’s exposure to a wide range of on-line threats,’ the press release begins. Unfortunately, Symantec Security Check has also been installing an on-line threat of its own in the form of a dangerous ActiveX control.”

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TechWeb: Porn Trojan No Major Threat14-Jul-03 12:05 ET

Story Highlights:“While the Trojan horse that turns unsuspecting PCs into porn spam-spewing servers has been making news, the threat is actually minor, according to security firms’ risk rankings.”

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The Register: Student Hackers: We Didn’t Defeat Campus Debit Card System15-Jul-03 10:31 ET

Story Highlights:“Two student hackers yesterday settled a lawsuit filed against them by campus debit card firm Blackboard with an admission that they never built a device to defeat the system.”

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