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Securing A Solution To Data Theft

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Securing A Solution To Data Theft
2. Today's Top Story: Office Updates
    - Gates Q&A: Changes Around The Office
    - Gates Talks Up The Next Version Of Office
    Related Stories
    - Gates Vows A New Internet Explorer Every Year--Or More
    - Vista Run-Up To Slow PC Sales In 2006
3. Breaking News
    - Judge Rules Google Doesn't Have To Turn Over Search Queries
    - Kinderstart Sues Google Over Lower Page Ranking
    - Google Earth Catches On In The Business World
    - CIOs Bemoan Sarbanes-Oxley's 'Big Impact, Little Benefit'
    - Virtualization's Next Stage
    - Bot Herders Ready Attack Against Message Forums
    - Researchers Warn Of Coming Tax Scams
    - Policy Group Accuses Companies Of Funding Adware
    - Dell To Add 10,000 Workers In India
    - Linux Tools To Help Manage Networks
    - Review: BlackBerry 8700c
    - IBM Beefs Up Storage Arrays
    - HP Rolls Out Speedier Servers, New Virtualization Software
4. Grab Bag
    - 'Free IPod' Takes Privacy Toll (Wire.com)
    - The Great (Cubicle) Escape (Fortune)
    - Georgia College Pushes For IPod Ingenuity (AP)
    - Geek To Live: Mastering Wget (Lifehacker)
5. In Depth: The Sorry State Of Data Security
    - The High Cost Of Data Loss
    - Interactive Presentation: Personal Data Sieves
    - A Chronology Of Data Breaches Reported Since The ChoicePoint Incident
    - Poll: Government And Data Privacy
    - Visa Warns Software May Store PINs
    - Brazen Botnets Steal From E-Shopping Carts
    - Microsoft Vows To Keep Pressure On Phishers
6. Voice Of Authority
    - IT Confidential: Choose Your Intrusion--Who's Your Friend?
7. White Papers
    - E-Mail Management And Recovery
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this." -- Bertrand Russell


1. Editor's Note: Securing A Solution To Data Theft

One of the most popular stories on our site over the last two weeks was PIN Scandal 'Worst Hack Ever'; Citibank Only The Start, followed closely by International Citibank Customers Shaken By Data Breach. Day after day, one or both made our list of the five most popular headlines.

I'm guessing another story, about two large botnets hacking into users' online shopping carts to steal credit card numbers, bank account details, and log-on passwords, will grab similar reader interest.

Little wonder. The banks involved in the first story were huge, with huge IT budgets and even bigger data stores. We all bank and use ATMs, and many use debit cards. And regards the second story, most of us shop, to varying degrees, online. It just isn't hard to imagine yourself as one of the current--or future--victims of these scams or dubious security policies.

If those stories caught your eye, you're going to want to read the sobering follow-up, this week's cover story on the sorry state of data security. Grab a cuppa, pull up a chair, and take 10 minutes to read it through. Check out the related links, including our interactive graphic, and while you're at it, take our quick poll on data security.

If you had any doubts before reading this package about the depth and breadth of this issue, it should be crystal clear afterward that the biggest IT-related problem facing this country right now is data security.

This issue cuts across, and connects, multiple areas of society: legislative, law enforcement, social services, commerce, consumers, and, of course, IT.

It's an issue that must be dealt with if businesses, government agencies, and our health care system are to realize the cost savings they dream about, and the services of tomorrow they promise. If some concrete, serious steps are not undertaken, many consumers will either step away from the keyboard or never jump on in the first place. There have already been a number of polls and studies documenting consumer nervousness about the security of their data.

My blog entry goes into greater detail about what I think we need to do in order to get a grip on this gargantuan and costly problem. What approaches or consequences do you think should be enacted to combat this problem? Let us know.

Patricia Keefe
pkeefe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: Office Updates

Gates Q&A: Changes Around The Office
Microsoft's chairman sits down with us to preview the many updates to be made to Office.

Gates Talks Up The Next Version Of Office
Collaboration will be a key selling point as Office tries to keep up with hipper, Web-based software.

Related Stories:

Gates Vows A New Internet Explorer Every Year--Or More
In his MIX06 keynote, Bill Gates promises to update IE as often as every nine to 12 months to keep pace with quickly evolving Web technologies and programming tools.

Vista Run-Up To Slow PC Sales In 2006
Investment banking firm Lehman Brothers lowered its PC unit growth forecast to 9.8%, from 12.4%, for this year, in part because companies are waiting to refresh their hardware until after Vista debuts.


3. Breaking News

Judge Rules Google Doesn't Have To Turn Over Search Queries
The case sparked controversy among experts over how far a search engine should go in protecting customers' search data, and under what circumstances the government had a right to that information.

Kinderstart Sues Google Over Lower Page Ranking
The civil lawsuit seeks financial damages, along with information about how Google ranks sites when users conduct a search.

Google Earth Catches On In The Business World
Companies like Bentley Systems, Dell, and Volkswagen make increased business use of what was once a consumer service.

CIOs Bemoan Sarbanes-Oxley's 'Big Impact, Little Benefit'
Finding IT professionals with business skills and complying with Sarbanes-Oxley have proved among the biggest headaches CIOs are dealing with this year.

Virtualization's Next Stage
Pfizer is implementing the next generation of virtualization, which extends the technology's benefits from hardware to middleware.

Bot Herders Ready Attack Against Message Forums
The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center noted that a bot going by the name FuntKlakow has registered on thousands of phpBB forums.

Researchers Warn Of Coming Tax Scams
A security vendor said that its researchers have monitored a recent rise in the number of phishing attacks via fraudulent E-mails and Web sites that spoof the Internal Revenue Service.

Policy Group Accuses Companies Of Funding Adware
After having targeted companies that distribute online ads, a group now is trying to cut off the revenue they receive from companies that advertise with them. Those companies often work through agencies and other middlemen and have no knowledge of how the ads are actually distributed.

Dell To Add 10,000 Workers In India
With heavy demand for its workers, will India be able to maintain its sizeable cost advantage over the United States in coming years?

Linux Tools To Help Manage Networks
The software, written in J2EE sitting on a JBoss application server, promises to automate time-consuming tasks, including provisioning and deploying updates and backups.

Review: BlackBerry 8700c
RIM's latest BlackBerry, the 8700c, just may be the perfect single device for all your mobile communications.

IBM Beefs Up Storage Arrays
The DR550 arrays, now with twice the performance of the old models, are aimed at storing data in a nonerasable, nonalterable format for compliance purposes.

HP Rolls Out Speedier Servers, New Virtualization Software
Superdome servers can handle up to 30% more workloads than could HP's previous generation.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

'Free IPod' Takes Privacy Toll (Wire.com)
The big business of renting, selling, and buying personal information about netizens was put on notice this week by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in a high-profile case that exposed shady privacy practices and the dubious value of the once-promising Truste "privacy seal."

The Great Escape (Fortune)
Forty million American employees toil in soulless cubicles. How did they get there--and can business ever break out of the box?

Georgia College Pushes For IPod Ingenuity (AP)
Educators at Georgia College & State University worked to find more strategic uses for iPods. At least 100 of the rural school's employees are turning the popular digital music and video players into education or research tools--impressive for a college with only about 300 faculty. But it's more than simply making class lectures available--a practice now routine at many colleges and even a few high schools.

Geek To Live: Mastering Wget (Lifehacker)
Your browser does a good job of fetching Web documents and displaying them, but there are times when you need an extra-strength download manager to get those tougher HTTP jobs done.


5. In Depth: Data Security

The High Cost Of Data Loss
Sensitive personal data has been misplaced, lost, printed on mailing labels, posted online, and just left around for anyone to see. The situation has become untenable. Here's the ugly truth about how it keeps happening, who's been affected, and what's being done about it.

Interactive Presentation: Personal Data Sieves
Our interactive graphic walks you through the issue and highlights examples, players, and the stakes involved.

A Chronology Of Data Breaches Reported Since The ChoicePoint Incident
A time line of events from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

Poll: Government And Data Privacy
To what level of standards should governments perform when it comes to protecting the personal information of citizens?

Visa Warns Software May Store PINs
Some point-of-sale software may be storing PINs in violation of industry rules, Visa says. Fujitsu, one of the vendors involved, denies this.

Brazen Botnets Steal From E-Shopping Carts
Two large botnets are hacking into users' online shopping carts to steal credit card numbers, bank account details, and log-on passwords, according to a security vendor.

Microsoft Vows To Keep Pressure On Phishers
The company's Global Phishing Enforcement Initiative is a worldwide effort to coordinate and expand anti-phishing work through prosecution, partnerships, and consumer protection software.


6. Voice Of Authority

IT Confidential: Choose Your Intrusion: Who's Your Friend?
John Soat is as big a fan of government intrusion as the next person, but things may have gotten a little out of hand lately, he says. As examples, he offers up last week's legal contretemps between the Justice Department and Google, a bill that would unmask anonymous postings on discussion boards, and a bill that has outlawed "Internet hunting."


7. White Papers

E-Mail Management And Recovery
A major reason that firms are fall short when it comes to E-mail archiving/restoration is the technical difficulty involved in the process. Businesses worldwide are awash in E-mail that needs to be managed for business, regulatory, and legal reasons. This paper looks at the difficulties involved in restoring and searching E-mail archives using Exchange.


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