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1. Editor's Note: 7 Lessons Learned From IT Security Trial
Over the last several weeks, InformationWeek has been covering the trial of a former UBS PaineWebber systems administrator, Roger Duronio, who's accused of writing and setting off a highly destructive logic bomb at his former employer as revenge for not receiving the maximum yearly bonus. The government prosecution contends that Duronio was not only looking to wreak havoc, but also to profit by purchasing securities whose value would rise if the company's stock went down—the theory being that the company's stock would tank as a result of the security problem that prevented traders from doing their work.
The trial provides an enlightening perspective on the damage such attacks can cause, as well as a raft of security lessons that all IT organizations must learn if they're going to avoid becoming victims. In my blog entry, I discuss in much greater detail, and with specific examples, my take on the top seven security lessons corporations need to learn, which are highlighted below:
1) If you want to make it as difficult as humanly possible for hackers—whether employees or outsiders—to ply their trade, your company needs to have bulletproof security policies and practices.
2) Don't underestimate the lengths a hacker or person seeking revenge will go to in order to prove their point or carry out their plan.
3) You can't be too wary of disgruntled or otherwise suspicious employees.
4) The effects of a major attack can be far-reaching and long-lasting, even after the forensics pros have gone home and the remediation work is done.
5) Even a hacker who's successful at damaging systems and impairing business can be susceptible to stupid behavior that points back to him or her.
6) When it comes to security—and in fact all IT work—choose your vendors carefully.
7) IT security problems—aside from the direct financial damage to a business they inflict—can be a public relations nightmare for any company, and even worse for a financial services firm.
Be sure to check out our special page devoted to InformationWeek's complete coverage of the ongoing UBS computer sabotage trial.
And for more thoughts on data security and what to do about it, you can read Larry Greenemeier's blog, where he ponders where this is all going and what we have learned. While you're there, don't miss his attached inaugural podcast interview with several security experts.
EMC Fills Major Security Hole With RSA EMC's decision to spend nearly $2.1 billion for security vendor RSA promises to reshape the competitive landscape of the storage and infrastructure-management segments of the IT industry.
Survivor Accounts Released In 9/11 Podcasts "I wanted to crawl into my fire helmet." Firefighter Mickey Kross describes a fierce wind lifting him up amid the collapse of the North Tower in a podcast from the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.
Cell Phone Talkers As Bad As Drunk Drivers Three participants rear-ended the simulated car in front of them. All were talking on cell phones, and none were drunk, according to a new study. And oh yeah, using a hands-free device didn't change the results.
Microsoft's WGA Sued As 'Spyware' The lawsuit asks for class-action status on claims that Microsoft's WGA software misled users as to its true purpose, failed to obtain consent before installing, and transmitted data to the company's servers.
Microsoft Shuts Off Vista Beta 2 The closure, slated for Friday, June 30, comes because the preview has reached its copy limit. Meanwhile, users are being urged to activate their Beta 2 copy in order to receive RC1 of the operating system when it's delivered later this year.
UBS Trial: Defense Suggests Witness Altered Evidence Despite being accused of altering evidence, forensics specialist Keith Jones stood firmly by his earlier testimony that whoever brought down the UBS PaineWebber network had to do so from inside Roger Duronio's home. Duronio is the systems admin on trial for the attack.
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6. Voice Of Authority
Microsoft Making Spyware? A California man has put his lawyer on a case that others have only been yakkin' about: Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy program/software is smelly, stinky, sneaky spyware.
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Web Server Monitoring This white paper introduces Web server monitoring, explaining its importance and describing various monitoring concepts and types. A set of common Web server problems are enumerated, along with methods of monitoring to detect and/or prevent these conditions.
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