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.
Stories by Chris Conrath
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.
In a move to shore up Canada's national security, almost C$700 million (US$518 million) is going toward the task, Ottawa announced on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.