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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
- 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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Quotes of the day: Coping
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." -- Bertha Calloway
"Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an
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
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. Clearly not.
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 attacker.
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 baked-in security.
Microsoft's chairman sits down for a talk about the company's new approach to business software, the shortage of computer-science grads, and more.
Gates Lays Out Strategy For Building Better Business Software
Microsoft is building role-based applications for midsize companies and will rebrand its ERP offerings under one name.
Ballmer: Microsoft Needs To Work Harder To Woo Midsize Businesses
The market of companies with 50 to 1,000 employees is potentially lucrative but difficult to study and forge close business relationships with, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says.
Cisco has confirmed that routers and other devices running the newest versions of its Internetwork Operating System may be vulnerable to serious attack.
BellSouth's Katrina Bill Could Hit $600 Million
Company says half its downed telephone lines are restored, but the rest could take a month or more to fix.
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.
Novell Unveils New Linux Version
Users can install the new system either as a replacement for Windows or alongside it, the company says.
HP Debuts Backup Wares
The new storage products and services are intended to improve data protection and simplify customers' storage environments.
Airline Wi-Fi Hasn't Caught On With Business Travelers
Only 25% of U.S. business travelers are using Wi-Fi hot-spots in airports and on planes, despite the growing availability of the connections, a new Gartner study says.
Yahoo Accused Of Helping China Jail Journalist
The media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders says Yahoo gave Chinese authorities information that helped track down a journalist who wrote an E-mail about press restrictions.
Nigerian Scams Spin Katrina
In one scheme, the writer claims to be a Mexican national working on a rescue team in New Orleans in need of money.
New Orleans Hospital Turned Into Command Center To Monitor
Katrina Health Issues
Kindred Hospital's electronic health records are safe in backup facilities and available for evacuated patients.
Borland Moves Java Tool Into Peer-To-Peer Development
New release of Java development tool lets developers work on code simultaneously--even when in different parts of the world.
Gateway Debuts Widescreen Notebook
Two versions are available, one for enterprises and another for small business.
In Wednesday's episodes:
Drop In IT Confidence
Business-technology managers are feeling uncertain about the U.S. economy and industry prospects. Learn how this will impact business and technology initiatives for the remainder of the year in InformationWeek Research's Evolving IT Priorities 3Q research.
IT's Response to Katrina
InformationWeek's complete hurricane impact and recovery coverage 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.
Microsoft Fights Piracy In China, Linux Wins
As proprietary software vendors crack down on piracy, China looks to Linux as an alternative.
Court Documents: Microsoft's Ballmer Vowed To 'Kill' Google In
Obscenity-Laden, Chair-Throwing Rant
The allegations against Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer were filed in a Washington state court as part of a lawsuit triggered by Google's July hiring of former Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee.
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.
Microsoft Beefs Up 64-Bit Windows As Unix Alternative
Longhorn Server will be optimized to run database operations, business applications, and custom enterprise applications.
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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