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Protecting Against Insider Threats

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Protecting Against Insider Threats
2. Today's Top Story
    - How To Spot Insider-Attack Risks In The IT Department
3. Breaking News
    - Mozilla Launches First Firefox 3.0 Test
    - Vista's 'Bounce' To Add 100,000 U.S. IT Jobs, Says Report
    - Reuters Helps Computers Read the News
    - Novell Ships OpenSuse Upgrade
    - Net Neutrality Proponents Claim Victory, Prepare For Next Battle
    - Sun Releases Upgrade Of Java Platform Standard Edition
    - New York Times Opens Up To Online Social Media
    - Second Word Zero-day Exploit Steals Passwords
    - IT Job Market Best In Five Years, Survey Finds
    - Unpatched QuickTime Bugs Strike Both Windows And Mac Operating Systems
    - Senate Passes Pretexting, Phone Record Privacy Bill
    - Chinese Expansion Good For Africa: Craig Barrett
    - IT Confidential: Microsoft Is Mired In Vista, Report Says
4. In Depth: Innovators & Influencers
    - Splunk Takes Proactive Approach To Web Site Complexity
    - TechCrunch's Arrington Stares Down The Perils Of Growth
    - Smells Like An Open Source Success Story
    - Between An Open Source Rock And A Microsoft Hard Place
5. Voice Of Authority
    - They're Giving Away The Product, But Making It Up In Volume
6. White Papers
    - Global Sourcing — A Competitive Advantage
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." —Indian proverb


1. Editor's Note: Protecting Against Insider Threats

When you visualize what a computer criminal looks like, you probably think of a teenager living in his mother's basement, or a shady-looking character in a lawless country far away. But if you want to know what the most dangerous computer criminals look like, take a look at the guy sitting in the next cube.

In a feature report this week, InformationWeek reporters Larry Greenemeier and Sharon Gaudin look at insider security threats — how disgruntled employees can do a lot of damage. Nearly two-thirds of security pros surveyed say that insiders account for some portion of financial damage to companies, according to a survey by the Computer Security Institute. Some 39% of respondents attribute more than 20% of their organizations' financial losses to insider attacks, while 7% estimate that insiders account for a whopping 80% of financial losses, according to Larry's article, which looks at the extent of the insider threat problem and how you can defend yourself..

Sharon looks at why you should be doing background checks of employees,, as well as what to look for when doing the checks and how to set up a program of background checks so it's fair to the overwhelming majority of employees and job candidates who are not threats — who're just looking for an honest day's pay for an honest day's work.

For an audio overview of what we found, listen to the InformationWeek podcast..

Are insiders a big threat? What do you think organizations should do to protect themselves? Are background threats overly intrusive? Leave a message on the InformationWeek Weblog and let us know.


Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

How To Spot Insider-Attack Risks In The IT Department
They're one of the biggest security risks because of their knowledge and access. IT managers need to learn to identify and stop insider malcontents before they do some serious damage.


3. Breaking News

Mozilla Launches First Firefox 3.0 Test
The Firefox 3.0 alpha, code-named Gran Paradiso, targets Web application developers and Mozilla's testing community, but not end users.

Vista's 'Bounce' To Add 100,000 U.S. IT Jobs, Says Report
The IDC report estimated that the total job impact of Vista would be in the 1.8 million range over the course of 2007, but the majority of those jobs will be carryovers from earlier editions of Windows.

Reuters Helps Computers Read the News
The U.K.-based news and financial information service on Monday launched two new products to automate financial trading based on news content.

Novell Ships OpenSuse Upgrade
OpenSuse 10.2 includes the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, the Firefox 2.0 Web browser, Beagle desktop search, GAIM instant messaging client, multimedia tools, and graphical software.

Net Neutrality Proponents Claim Victory, Prepare For Next Battle
Congress failed to act on COPE Act before its session ended Saturday, but proponents and opponents gear up for a renewed fight next year

Sun Releases Upgrade Of Java Platform Standard Edition
Java SE 6, the result of two years of development between Sun and 330 outside developers, has been optimized for building Web 2.0 applications and services.

New York Times Opens Up To Online Social Media
The newspaper begins offering tools for posting articles on Digg, Facebook, and Newsvine.com

Second Word Zero-Day Exploit Steals Passwords
A successful attack, which would require a user to open a Word document attached to a malicious e-mail or download a Word file from a Web site, could compromise a PC.

IT Job Market Best In Five Years, Survey Finds
In greatest demand are IT specialists with Windows administration expertise, followed by workers with network administration experience.

Unpatched QuickTime Bugs Strike Both Windows And Mac Operating Systems
The worm, dubbed Quickspace, exploits a bug in QuickTime JavaScript support and affects current Windows and Mac editions of QuickTime.

Senate Passes Pretexting, Phone Record Privacy Bill
The legislation aims to stop individuals and companies from lying, impersonating, or breaking into computerized accounts to obtain the information, which is normally only available to customers, carriers, and law enforcement officers.

Chinese Expansion Good For Africa: Craig Barrett
China's growing influence in Africa poses a threat to Western firms but will inject new life into struggling economies on the world's poorest continent, the chairman of Intel said on Monday.

IT Confidential: Microsoft Is Mired In Vista, Report Says
Recommendations include more education for support personnel, a greater level of cooperation among disparate camps, more help from allies, and more emphasis on security and smooth operation.

Down To Business: Attack The Root Of The Health Care Mess
We need to rein in costs, not try to hide them. Part of the solution involves getting more advanced IT tools into the hands of health care providers and better information into the hands of patients.

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Wireless Strategies
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Ready, Set, Go?
Will the release of Vista provide business technology professionals with the security and functionality they've been hoping for? Learn how nearly 700 business technology professionals answered these questions and more in InformationWeek Research's report Windows Vista: Ready, Set, Go?

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4. In Depth: Innovators & Influencers

The Art Of Disruption
Diane Greene is the president of VMware, the biggest supplier of software feeding the hottest tech trend on the planet: virtualization. IDC says the market will more than triple in size by 2009, to $1.9 billion. Almost every vendor—server, storage, operating system, application, service—has some kind of virtualization play. VMware, which makes virtual machine and virtual hypervisor software, sits smack in the middle.

Splunk Takes Proactive Approach To Web Site Complexity
Splunk, a San Francisco startup, provides software that crawls the Web performance data generated by companies' servers and software in search of bottlenecks that cause crashes.

TechCrunch's Arrington Stares Down The Perils Of Growth
Michael Arrington's heroes are entrepreneurs. He's let penniless ones crash in his California home for months at a time. That respect and interest, he says, is what drives his influential TechCrunch blog. "A blog can be successful as long as you write passionately about something you love," he says. "Startups are something I love."

Smells Like An Open Source Success Story
Sourcefire's Snort may lead Martin Roesch's company to a successful IPO next year

Between An Open Source Rock And A Microsoft Hard Place
Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian negotiated his way into a very hot seat with his $422 million Windows-Linux deal

Read about more Innovators & Influencers, including Oracle's John Wookey, Nokia's Mary McDowell, and Robert Howard, of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, at our Innovators & Influencers center.


5. Voice Of Authority

They're Giving Away The Product, But Making It Up In Volume
If you're selling information on the Internet, it doesn't matter how much people get for free — the only thing that matters is how much you sell. The recording, movie, and commercial software industries don't understand that, but Jimmy Wales does. Wales co-founded both the not-for-profit Wikipedia and for-profit Wikia, which announced a bold new strategy to "give away—for free—all the software, computing, storage, and network access that Web site builders need to create community collaboration sites."


6. White Papers

Global Sourcing — A Competitive Advantage
The cyclical process of software product development can be managed by using Global Resourcing Options. Key areas that can be addressed are competence management and portfolio management in a multi-project environment.


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