Intel Cuts 10,500 Jobs In Continuing Restructuring
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Airing Dirty Security Laundry
2. Today's Top Story
- Intel Cuts 10,500 Jobs In Continuing Restructuring
- Intel Market Share Slid To Four-Year Low In Q2: Report
- Brief: Dow Corning Ships Solar-Grade Silicon
3. Breaking News
- Vista RC1 Still Not Ready For Prime Time, Partners Say
- Trojans Fire Zero-Day Attack At Microsoft Word
- IRS Gives Away $318 Million Because Of Bungled Software Upgrade
- Firefox Gains Share, IE Loses
- Dual-Core CPU Buyer's Guide
- Telephone Telepathy: I Was Just Thinking About You
- Matsushita Recalls 6,000 Notebook PC Batteries
- MySpace To Let Musicians Sell Tunes Directly To Members
- Minneapolis Goes Wi-Fi, With WiMax To Follow
- IBM Once Again Looking To Software For Growth
- Mobile Companies Develop New, Faster 4G Technology
4. Grab Bag
- Apple Cell Phone Nears Debut: Analyst (Forbes.com)
- Microsoft Releases 'WinFX' As .Net 3.0 (BetaNews)
- iPod Factory, Newspaper Apologize To Each Other (Associated Press)
5. In Depth: Security
- Web Apps Come Under Attack In Perverse Coming Of Age
- More Businesses Deploy WLANs Throughout Buildings
- The Dark Side Of SOA
- Network Access Control Systems: Helpful, But There's Room For Improvement
- CA Names Windows Component As Virus, Then Recants
- FBI Prepares For Phase One Of Controversial Sentinel Program
6. Voice Of Authority
- Indian Schools Ditch Microsoft For Linux, Kill Golden Goose
7. White Papers
- Market-Driven Product Management
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Quote of the day:
"Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold." -- Helen Keller
1. Editor's Note: Airing Dirty Security Laundry
Everyone in IT needs to read this article about security alerts and how they're created, sometimes in the self-serving interests of the vendors involved.
It's not a new problem, of course, but I'm glad to see this issue being held up to the light. Kudos to reporter Kevin McLaughlin and our sister publication CRN for doing so.
Given how much we've all come to rely on security alerts, and how often IT organizations prioritize their daily workloads around them, it's a problem that's both broad and deep. And it's about time the industry as a whole started talking about this particular elephant in the living room.
The essence of the problem, as I see it: Some suggest that vendors that make their living by selling security software or hardware should not also be in the business of telling customers how serious a particular issue is.
The security vendors, in turnokay, let's name names: primarily McAfee and Symantecrespond that since they're in the business of fixing software that "breaks" due to bugs and viruses, they're in a particularly good place to know how critical an issue is, especially when compared to other issues of a similar ilk.
I can see this point, but I believe it essentially boils down to an old IT issue. Companies that consult shouldn't also be in the business of selling hardware and software. Now most of us old warhorses know this isn't necessarily always the case and that even supposedly unbiased advisers can have an agenda, whether it's to keep selling more services or just to have fun watching the sparks fly. It also doesn't help when those of us in the media jump all over every security warning, bulletin, and "survey." (News bulletin: "Security vendor says security problems are getting worse." Um, hello? What else would we expect them to say? Even if it's true, there's an appearance of a conflict of interest here, and all of us would be much better off by foreswearing 95% of these types of stories.)
Okay, so we know what's wrong. How to fix it? Well, for starters we do have organizations including Secundia, the SANS Institute, and, despite its flaws, the CERT. These groups aren't being paid by any particular vendroid to say anything and are, as far as I can determine, as free of product hype as possible. In other words, if all three of these groups start screaming "Danger, Will Robinson," I'd submit it's time to pay attention to the issue at hand. If they disagree, which the CRN story says they're doing more frequently these days, there's another way to think about it.
Ultimately, it's up to each of us to know our own environment and to keep the perpetual index finger in the air to know what's going on. We all need to be smart, stay informed, and understand our systems well enough to figure out what needs fixing first, or risk being out of business. No vendor, well-intentioned or not, can make these decisions for us; we need to take this responsibility for ourselves. No one else knows what an acceptable level of risk may be for each of us. That's something IT and the business units need to work on and agree upon together.
So what do you think? Is this controversy about security alerts something to pay attention to, and if so how do you do that? Or is it a nonproblem of the industry's own making that a little or a lot of common sense will go a long way in resolving? To respond or to read more, please see my blog entry.
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iPod Factory, Newspaper Apologize To Each Other (Associated Press)
How quickly things change. A week ago, the owners of the iPod factory accused by journalists of substandard working conditions retaliated against the reporters who broke the storyby suing them for a ton of money and freezing their assets. Now the factory owners have dropped the case completely, putting out a joint statement with the newspaper that employs the reporters.
The Dark Side Of SOA
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