In This Issue: 1. Editor's Note: A Tale Of Two IT Fiascos 2. Today's Top Stories - Sun's Pledge To Make Java Open Source Leaves Key Questions Unanswered - Rival Teams Sun, Microsoft Form Alliance For Java And .Net Related Story: - Open-Source Software: Who Gives And Who Takes? 3. Breaking News - Supreme Court Ruling Could Change Balance Of Power In Patent Infringement - Microsoft To Provide Common SQL Underpinnings: Gates - AMD Touts Energy-Efficient PC Processors - Apple Dumps iBook, Unveils 13-Inch MacBook - IBM Researchers Cram 8 Terabytes On A Tape Cartridge - ISS Puts Network Defense Online - Adobe Offers Ajax Toolset For Designers - Software AG, AmberPoint Integrate SOA Software - Lotus Notes To Include Office Features - Snap.com Blurs Paid, Unpaid Search Results - Nortel CEO: No 'Fad Diet' In Turnaround Plan - Cognos Partners To Improve Enterprise Search 4. Grab Bag - Big Blue's Design Guru Moves Up (BusinessWeek) - The Good, The Bad, And The Funny At E3 (CNN.com) - Software Makers Crack Down On Net Piracy (AP) 5. In Depth - Microsoft, FTC Kick Off 'Get Net Safe' - Sprint First To Offer Treo - Sony Introduces Pocket-Sized Windows XP Device - Vendor To Sell 3G Router Despite Cellco Cutoff - Most Who Surf Porn At Work Say It Was Accidental: Poll - MTV To Launch Online Music 6. Voice Of Authority - Battling Patent Trolls: Four Old White Guys Get It 7. White Papers - How To Implement Trusted Computing 8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek 9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
Quote of the day: "I don't know who I am anymore." -- Glum announcement by my seven-year-old nephew as he reluctantly modeled a new suit for an upcoming formal event.
Wow. Those three breaches at Ohio University put at risk the data of a minimum of 360,000 individuals. Exposing financial and personal identification information can be traumatic enough, but the computer server that got hacked into in this latest episode contained the health records of about 60,000 people--including their names, birth dates, university identification numbers, Social Security numbers, and medical information. Also exposed through these data breaches were at least 137,000 Social Security numbers, donor information, E-mail, and patent and intellectual property files.
This latest breach was discovered by the university's computer security team while investigating a virus. Another breach was brought to its attention by no less than the FBI.
The university seems to be under attack from a serial hacker or a team of hackers. Whichever the case, the results should be eye-opening. The faculty, students, workforce, alumni, and donors to the university will be relieved to know that the university is now reviewing all its computer systems. According to the Plain Dealer, the university has put a team of 20 employees and three security consultants on the job working seven days a week.
The university seems to have taken the right steps once it discovered these breaches, and so far it has received few reports of anyone being impacted. But three breaches in three weeks screams system weaknesses. This saga is a shining example of the value of trying to break your own systems before someone else does it for you.
Another story, this one from the May 14 Charlotte Observer, reminded me of another tactic that IT shops and project managers need to practice, but don't--and often to ruinous consequences. You can go to my blog entry here to read more about this particular IT fiasco and how planning for failure could have saved the day--or at least mitigated the impact of an IT project gone oh so very badly.
Microsoft To Provide Common SQL Underpinnings: Gates At a press event to tout the company's SharePoint collaboration software, Bill Gates said getting the SharePoint metadirectory and Exchange Server "to be pure native SQL is a hot topic right now." Common workflow engines are a different matter, though.
AMD Touts Energy-Efficient PC Processors The company says more energy-efficient PCs will enable smaller form factors, improve power consumption, and also reduce the level of heat and noise generated by some PCs in homes and offices.
Snap.com Blurs Paid, Unpaid Search Results The only distinction includes the words "sponsored results" at the end of the listing. All the major search engines separate results in a more obvious way, causing some to wonder how customers will react to this model.
Nortel CEO: No 'Fad Diet' In Turnaround Plan Nortel Networks CEO Mike Zafirovski on Tuesday outlined plans to turn around the struggling networking and telecommunications company. At the same time, Nortel said it expects a wider loss for its first quarter.
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The Good, The Bad, And The Funny At E3 (CNN.com) It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Naturally, I'm referring to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3--the world's largest video gaming convention held each May in Los Angeles that's equally as exhilarating as it is exhausting.
Software Makers Crack Down On Net Piracy (AP) Computer software makers launched a crackdown on illegal Internet sales of their products Tuesday by suing suspected pirates who have set up shop on the popular online auction site eBay.
MTV To Launch Online Music Site Unlimited monthly downloads start at $9.95 and allow consumers to transfer songs to more than 100 different types of portable music players.
6. Voice Of Authority
Battling Patent Trolls: Four Old White Guys Get It For at least four Supreme Court justices, understanding 21st century business dynamics helped sway their decision to join the rest of the high court in striking down a century-old precedent that all but required an injunction against those deemed to have violated a patent.
7. White Papers
How To Implement Trusted Computing: A Guide To Tighter Enterprise Security IT managers should view security in terms of a computing ecosystem, a complete environment, additive in security and performance as Trusted Computing Group (TCG) solutions are implemented. The TCG array of products allows IT departments to buy a solid security platform now, and yet be able to institute future security technologies as they become available.
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5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
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