Operators of a new security research lab at Carleton University are prepared to wage an unconventional war against malicious viruses and worms.
The lab, which was officially opened Monday at the school's Hertzberg building, was described by its director as an autonomous Internet infrastructure complete with client and server machines, firewalls, and routers.
The Homeland Security Department's first simulation of a terrorist attack on computer, banking and utility systems exposed problems with the ways victimized industries communicated vital information during the crisis, the government's new cybersecurity chief said Monday.
Today's practice of applying security updates after a software vulnerability becomes known or after a virus has been reported will be ineffective in a world of super-fast spreading worms and viruses, warned Symantec chief executive officer John Thompson.
A fresh approach and an armoury of security software and services are needed to combat "Warhol" threats, which spread across the internet and infect systems worldwide within 15 minutes, Thompson said in his keynote at Comdex in Las Vegas.
Standard Bank has become the last major commercial bank to introduce SMS security for its Internet banking clients, although it was the first to upgrade security following the Absa hacker scare four months ago.
All the other major commercial banks have introduced SMS security, in one form or another, over the past 18 months. Nedcor was the first, followed by First National Bank and then Absa, which introduced it as part of its Internet banking security upgrade after a Bellville man allegedly defrauded a number of its Internet banking clients.
It used to be that an anti-virus program was a home user's first (and perhaps, only) line of defense against the spread of viruses, worms, trojans, and other malicious code. Times have changed. In the era of pervasive, always-on broadband connections, today simply having your Microsoft (R) Windows (TM) computer turned on is enough for it to get infected with the latest virus or worm. Have you applied your weekly set of critical Microsoft security patches, or your monthly Microsoft mega-patch? What if you've been on vacation for the past few weeks?