Network Security Roundup for July 18, 2003

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E-Commerce Times: Microsoft – The New Antivirus Behemoth?18-Jul-03 07:54 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft’s recent purchase of antivirus firm GeCAD Software has sparked speculation about the company’s intentions in the security arena. Although some industry observers have scoffed at the notion of Microsoft, which has a reputation for producing vulnerable software, taking a stab at security, the company’s customer reach could help it succeed.”

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MSNBC: Security Pros Worry Over Twin Flaws17-Jul-03 17:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Security experts worried that a flaw in Microsoft Windows and another in Cisco’s ubiquitous network routers could lead to serious Internet attacks. The two flaws — both made public on Wednesday — affect a large number of computers and devices connected to the Internet, and that could make the two weaknesses prime targets of attack.”

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The Register: Cisco IOS DoS Exploit Released in the Wild18-Jul-03 12:01 ET

Story Highlights:“The risk posed by a serious DoS vulnerability to a wide range of Cisco Systems routers and switches has been upgraded following the release of an exploit onto a full disclosure mailing list.”

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CSO Online: If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Don’t Call ‘Em17-Jul-03 12:00 ET

Story Highlights:“There will come a day when you get tagged by a hacker. But once you figure out how it happened and close the hole, should you call the cops? Calling in the authorities is a hard decision to make because it could result in more pain — both business and personal. If you don’t notify law enforcement and you’re hacked again, you’ll lose credibility with upper management.”

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ComputerWorld: Update: Money Seen as Biggest Obstacle to Effective IT Security16-Jul-03 19:14 ET

Story Highlights:“Inadequate funding remains the single largest obstacle to implementing effective IT security measures at most companies, according to the results of a recently completed global survey by Ernst & Young International. Even so, a majority of the companies surveyed said they rarely or never calculate return on investment when building a case for information security budgets.”

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