In This Issue: Microsoft Strategizes
1. Editor's Note: Baked-In Security
2. Today's Top Story: Microsoft's Future Plans
- Gates Q&A: What's Ahead For Microsoft Related Stories
- Gates Lays Out Strategy For Building Better Business Software
- Ballmer: Microsoft Needs To Work Harder To Woo Midsize Businesses
3. Breaking News
- Cisco Gear Hackable, Vendor Admits
- BellSouth's Katrina Bill Could Hit $600 Million
- Apple Rolls Out iTunes Phone, New Tiny iPod
- IBM Delivers Notes And Domino 7
- Novell Unveils New Linux Version
- HP Debuts Backup Wares
- Airline Wi-Fi Hasn't Caught On With Business Travelers
- Yahoo Accused Of Helping China Jail Journalist
- Nigerian Scams Spin Katrina
- New Orleans Hospital Turned Into Command Center To Monitor
Katrina Health Issues
- Borland Moves Java Tool Into Peer-To-Peer Development
- Gateway Debuts Widescreen Notebook
4. In Depth: Microsoft Fights Back
- Microsoft Appeals EU's Open-Source Ruling
- Microsoft Blasts Massachusetts' New XML Policy
- Microsoft Fights Piracy In China, Linux Wins
- Court Documents: Microsoft's Ballmer Vowed To 'Kill' Google
In Obscenity-Laden Rant
- Ex-Exec Kai-Fu Lee Accuses Microsoft Of Incompetence
- Microsoft Beefs Up 64-Bit Windows As Unix Alternative
5. Voice Of Authority
- Business Technology: A Microcosmic View Of A Cockeyed
6. White Papers
- GoToMyPC Security
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event, deal with it, and then move on." -- Bob Newhart
"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to
persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." -- Christopher Reeve
1. Editor's Note: Baked-In Security
While much of the Monday morning quarterbacking of the response
to Hurricane Katrina revolves around poor communication, bureaucratic missteps,
sluggishness, and red tape on both the state and federal levels,
the disaster got me thinking about something entirely different:
the readiness of our national infrastructure--roughly 80% of
which lies in private hands--to withstand or bounce back from a
disaster or cyberattack of similar proportions.
One look at New Orleans and the Mississippi cities of Gulfport
and Biloxi makes it very clear what happens when we have
wholesale, widespread shutdowns of key utilities--water,
electricity, fuel, and communications: chaos, panic, and death. It
also points to the perils of inadequately secured ports, oil
rigs, and levees. It's not good.
Now, we don't have oil rigs and levees everywhere. And a Category
5 hurricane is not a common occurrence. That's not the point. The
issue isn't even whether anything could have withstood the
howling winds, storm surge, and flooding wrought by Katrina.
The issue is that we do have chemical plants all over the place,
key ports of entry ringing the country, a network of interstate
highways and skyways, and a national grid of utility, water,
communications, and network services we all take for granted.
These pieces of our critical infrastructure have long been
considered prime targets for physical and cyberattack, and,
indeed, it may not be possible to protect them from a determined
But it is possible to put into place physical and cyber
safeguards, and it's possible to have a detailed, thought-out
plan for recovery in the event of, say, a major shutdown of the
electricity grid or air-traffic control. We just assume these
things are so.
Which is why, I think, as stunning as the images of devastation are--and you don't
expect to see that kind of devastation in the United States--the
country seems more shocked by the aftermath. We perhaps naively
expected to see an almost instantaneous response, the kind we're
accustomed to seeing our nation lend to other planetary citizens.
And for whatever reasons, when it didn't happen, the shock was
felt around the world. Closer to home, people died.
And yet, it could be worse. The question that's going to have to
be addressed at some point in the angst-ridden postmortem is
this: What if this level of disaster happens again? On a broader,
more nationwide scale? Read my blog entry to find what the SANS
Institute says some CIOs in Washington are doing, along with a
band of utilities, to up the level of cybersecurity, from
critical infrastructure down to your desktop. It starts with
Apple Rolls Out iTunes Phone, New Tiny iPod
The Motorola ROKR is the long-anticipated iTunes-capable mobile
phone. Apple also introduced a new version of its music software
for Windows and Macintosh, iTunes 5, and a new music player, the
iPod Nano, which replaces the iPod Mini.
IBM Delivers Notes And Domino 7
The Notes client has more than 100 new features meant to boost
functions for both administrators and users alike, IBM promises.
Drop In IT Confidence
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business and technology initiatives for the remainder of the year
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from a high-tech perspective.
The software vendor objects to the European Union's decision that
it must share code with open-source companies.
Microsoft Blasts Massachusetts' New XML Policy
Even as millions of dollars worth of Office business hangs in the
balance, Microsoft says it will not support the OpenDocument
format likely to be adopted by the state of Massachusetts this
month as its standard XML format.
Ex-Exec Kai-Fu Lee Accuses Microsoft Of Incompetence
Lee testified he was "embarrassed" by Microsoft's business
practices. He said he was at the receiving end of an
expletive-filled tirade from chairman Bill Gates. Microsoft is
suing to block Google from hiring Lee.
Last week battered us all with hard-to-fathom images of suffering
and devastation in Katrina's wake, but by the end of the week the
accumulated scenes of misery, pain, and loss began somehow to
feel "normal," Bob Evans says. And in the same week, our little
world of business technology produced a handful of developments
that were also, in a very different way, hard to fathom.
Protecting the integrity of the corporate network and the privacy
of sensitive data is essential when extending Internet-based
remote access to remote and mobile employees. GoToMyPC Corporate
was developed with these key security issues in mind and is
described throughout this paper.
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