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 George V. Hulme

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An award winning writer and journalist, for more than 20 years George Hulme has written about business, technology, and IT security topics. He currently freelances for a wide range of publications, and is security blogger at InformationWeek.com.
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posted in February 2008

Encrypted Disks At (Some) Risk To Eavesdroppers

2/21/2008
Whether you are using Windows Vista BitLocker, Mac OS X FileVault, Linux-based dm-crypt, or open source disk encryption software TrueCrypt - your data could be at risk to snoops, researchers have found. While it is troubling news, all is not lost.

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Microsoft Moves To Squash 'Friendly' Worm

2/20/2008
Last week, NewScientist ran a story about Microsoft's researching how worms -- really, really effective worms -- could be used to disseminate software patches. Today, Microsoft seems to be backing away from the idea.

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When Good Intentioned Users Do Harm

2/19/2008
Minneapolis-based data recovery and forensic software maker Kroll Ontrack published a list of what the company estimates to be some of most common mistakes end users make when trying to save data from a failing drive.

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Security And (Or) Regulatory Compliance

2/18/2008
Anyone who knows me knows that I don't believe achieving regulatory compliance is a technology problem. Sure, good tech will help you get there. But at it's core, compliance is a processes problem. And a pet peeve of mine has been how the mad dash toward regulatory compliance has, in many organizations, forced CISOs to take their eye off of security.

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Zero-Day Attacks Trend Down? I Don't Give A Flying Hoot

2/13/2008
Security researchers and the press like to parse vulnerability trends. They like to argue (among themselves) as to whether zero-day attacks are on the rise, and if the underground is selling or sandbagging the security flaws these black hats uncover. I say: So what? None of this should matter to you.

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The Changing Role Of The CISO?

2/12/2008
Just a few years ago, the chief information security officer's focus was to defend business-technology systems from the continuous barrage of viruses, worms, denials-of-service, and many other types of attacks that placed system availability and information at risk. For many, I suspect, this role has changed dramatically.

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Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer At Greatest Risk

2/12/2008
Microsoft unleashed 11 security bulletins today, as part of its monthly patch cycle. Six of the bulletins are rated by the software vendor as "Critical," and five are ranked as "Important." You'll want to patch yourself right away, but if you had to prioritize . . .

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Enough With The Patches Already!

2/7/2008
I'm growing increasingly grateful for those quiet days when I can actually use my computer systems, for work or fun, rather than have to patch them. Is it really too much to ask?

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Free Encryption For All

2/6/2008
Sure, you can keep your files secure with BitLocker, available for certain versions of Vista. And Mac users have FileVault, which is free with Mac OS X. Personally, I like TrueCrypt. Here's why.

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National Intelligence Director: Cyber Risks Rising

2/6/2008
The news provided by the director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, to a Senate panel yesterday wasn't all good. While Al-Qaida is weakening in Iraq, it's spreading its tentacles elsewhere. That includes the critical IT infrastructure. Part of his testimony included warnings that the threat of cyberattacks are increasing from terror groups, homegrown militants, and nations.

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Internet Voting: Bad Or Good Idea?

2/5/2008
It's Super Tuesday, perhaps the most critical day for the presidential election until the general elections this fall. And some voters abroad will have the option to cast their ballot online. That's online, as in over the Internet. Are we really ready for this?

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New Botnet Army On The March

2/4/2008
There's a new botnet (a network of malicious nodes, known as "bots") gaining strength, and it's successfully infiltrating U.S. companies by bypassing traditional antivirus products.

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Microsoft, Yahoo, And OpenID

2/4/2008
Now that it seems highly likely that Microsoft will acquire Yahoo (unless News Corp., or even Apple, start a bidding war), what will the impact be on OpenID -- if any?

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Super Bowl. Robo Security.

2/2/2008
While the Department of Homeland Security says there are no specific terror threats regarding Super Bowl XLII, security is being taken seriously at the game, where the New England Patriots will face off against the New York Giants.

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Web 2.0 Security, Microsoft, And Yahoo

2/1/2008
People always seem to talk about how important application security is to them. But rarely do we --as consumers of technology -- have a chance to have a profound impact on the quality and security of software applications and services. But with Microsoft's pending acquisition of Yahoo, a new opportunity arises.

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