Stories by J.F. Rice

Shrinking IT staff leaves security projects in the lurch

Lately, I've been struggling with trying to get resources for my <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/topic/17/Security">security</a> projects. As my security program continues to grow and develop, I'm at the stage where I'm rolling out new security technologies, but I'm starting to run into roadblocks when it comes to getting server, network and desktop team support. It's ironic: I got the budget I need to buy security technologies, and I bought the products, but they're not installed yet because we don't have people available to do it.

Two former students charged in US university hack

Two former students at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of breaking into university databases and of stealing and attempting to sell personal data on about 90,000 UCM students, faculty, staff and alumni. Price for the data: $35,000.

The need for real security in a virtual world

In a recent column, my Security Manager's Journal counterpart, Mathias Thurman, wrote about securing virtual desktop environments. My company is going through the same exercise of evaluating VDI as a replacement for traditional desktops. As Mathias pointed out, the concept of virtualizing the applications that run on the system does not substantially change the threat landscape, nor does it modify the countermeasures we put in place to protect against those threats.

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