Stories by Chris Conrath

Panel: Do not outsource all security

In a time when outsourcing is all the rage and IT security is slowly following this trend, panelists at last week's Infosecurity conference in Toronto were in agreement that certain portions of a company's security should always be kept in house since they are too important to entrust to others.

Sasser an IT 'annoyance'

Infecting more than a million machines worldwide, the Sasser worm, by no means as damaging as last year's Blaster and Welchia worms, has nonetheless been an "annoyance" for Canadian business.

Closing the Web app hole

Given that corporate security is only as good as its weakest link, Web applications -- arguably the weakest link -- were the subject of a hacking workshop held in Toronto on Thursday.

I'm fixing a hole

Last year the CERT Coordination Center, a repository of information technology vulnerability reporting run by Carnegie Mellon University, posted 3,784 vulnerabilities. Admittedly, it was a slight dip from the 4,129 reported in 2002, but nonetheless it points to a growing trend in software fallibility. In fact, prior to 2000, when 1,090 vulnerabilities were reported, the total never hit 500.

Survey: 2003 not a great year for security

Symantec's semi-annual Internet Security Threat report, released in March, paints a picture of an increasingly threatening Internet. But unlike previous reports, there seems to be little in the way of good news.

Symantec releases Internet security threat report

TORONTO (03/16/2004) - Symantec's semi-annual Internet Security Threat report, released on Monday, paints a picture of an increasingly threatening Internet. But unlike previous reports, there seems to be little in the way of good news.

ASN.1 fallout causes corporate headaches

TORONTO (03/11/2004) - Frustration over the latest Microsoft Corp. vulnerability announced last month is failing to wane as IT departments face the ongoing and daunting task of patching millions of machines worldwide.

Microsoft head talks Linux

Microsoft has gone on the warpath trying to convince customers it is safer and, more importantly, cheaper to choose Windows over Linux. In fact it has been the basis of a recent ad campaign.

Virus writers getting personal - and petty

No-one's ever accused virus writers of being the epitome of maturity, but the war, if it can be called that, between the creators of NetSky and Bagle has gotten personal -- in a school yard "I know you are but what am I" kind of way.

Canadian firms take on Mydoom

TORONTO (01/30/2004) - Already labelled as the one of the most damaging worms ever, the Mydoom malicious code is proving to be a boon for hackers and spammers but of little consequence to those Canadian companies that took security up a notch after last year's spate of worms.

Carleton University opens security lab

TORONTO (12/19/2003) - Carleton University in Ottawa opened a new computer security research center on last month in part to focus on narrowing the gap between academic-driven theoretical research and practical business applications.

Educating users key in online environment

TORONTO (11/14/2003) - Creating a secure and safe computing environment is never an easy task, especially when you are responsible for the diverse requirements needed at one of Canada's largest school boards.

Users find vendor financing has advantages

TORONTO (10/10/2003) - Ed Mugford is sold on leasing his company's computers and has been since 1996. It is just that now he is a little more particular who he leases from.

Customer data disposal dilemma for Canadian bank

TORONTO (09/18/2003) - The BMO (Bank of Montreal) Financial Group found some silver linings in a dark cloud after "human error" allowed two servers with confidential customer data to be momentarily offered on eBay last week.