There are several reasons why open-source software provides for superior computer and network security, but the computing public seems confused about why this is so, writes Thomas C Greene.
Many attribute the security advantage to the very fact of openness. It's long been popular to cite the "many eyes" theory, which holds that flaws are discovered and fixed because selfless programmers spend countless hours carefully combing through the source code and alerting the development teams. In this way, we're told, the mere fact that source code is available leads to enhanced security.
IT professionals are being offered fast-track training in hacking skills as a means to combat cyber-attacks.
Accelerated learning company The Training Camp has introduced a five-day Certified Ethical Hacker course detailing the tools and techniques used to target corporate networks.
In the past few years, so-called ethical hacking has become an increasingly popular method of detecting vulnerabilities in systems and networks. Many companies pay high fees for penetration testing services.
On this past Friday morning, one headline at the Cryptonomicon.net site read, "Text of Bill Gates RSA Keynote Available." Running down the left margin of that page were Google-generated sponsored links, including "Automatic gates"; "Iron gates and fence, no welding"; even "Custom aluminum gates." If I were paying for one of those supposedly context-driven links to my own retail site, I'd want my money back.
In a little-observed civil lawsuit involving tracking of magazine subscriptions, a federal court in Manhattan issued a ruling last week that could theoretically result in prosecutors going after people who use another person's password and userid with their permission, but without the permission of the issuer.
Thousands of US organizations must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. The Security Rule is a key part of HIPAA -- federal legislation that was passed into law in August 1996. The overall purpose of the act is to enable better access to health insurance, reduce fraud and abuse, and lower the overall cost of health care in the United States.