When Gunderson High School launched its wireless network this fall, some parents were alarmed. Would a hacker be able to break into student laptops? View sensitive information stored on district servers? Tamper with grades?
Cliff Herlth, the tech resource teacher, assured them the network was secure. Only certain computers with registered wireless cards could connect to it. To anyone who lacked the proper technical IDs, the school network was virtually invisible.
Mention wireless networks to an IT professional and the conversation is likely to turn immediately to security.
Uncertainty about the technology remains so great that many big businesses are still reluctant to install wireless systems throughout their offices.
But while perceptions are hard to change, progress is being made. A new standard is in development that should ease security fears and also cut back on confusion about how to better protect data.
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.