Network Security Roundup for November 6, 2003

TechNewsWorld: Microsoft Issues Critical Patch for Office 200306-Nov-03 12:09 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft this week released the first patch — described as ‘critical’ by the Redmond, Washington-based software company — for its new Office 2003 software suite. The patch addresses a problem with use of previous Office versions. Microsoft warned the problem could result in corrupted, incomplete or inaccessible documents and error messages.”

Full Story on TechNewsWorld WorldPay Systems Still Under ‘Sustained’ Attack06-Nov-03 7:01 ET

Story Highlights:“Online payment service WorldPay is still struggling to maintain the availability of its systems in the face of a ‘sustained’ denial of service attack. WorldPay, which is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, was initially hit by the massive DoS attack on Tuesday, which flooded the company with bogus requests and brought its payment and administration systems to a grinding halt.”

Full Story on IT Professionals Question Validity of Security Certification06-Nov-03 5:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Some security professionals have begun to question the value of their most highly-valued certifications as more and more people pass those tests. Many employers, however, still look for those certification letters on CVs as a way to screen applicants, said Peter Stephenson, an IT security consultant at Eastern Michigan University’s Center for Regional and National Security.”

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The Register: Snag in Next-Gen WiFi Security Unearthed06-Nov-03 10:35 ET

Story Highlights:“Security researchers have identified a potential security problem involving use of the WiFi Protected Access (WPA) protocol, the second-generation wireless LAN security standard. Although WPA itself remains cryptographically secure, a method used for making the technology easier for consumers to use is susceptible to attack, according to a paper by Robert Moskowitz, senior technical director at the ICSA Labs division of TruSecure.”

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CNET Start-Up Makes Quantum Leap into Cryptography06-Nov-03 11:36 ET

Story Highlights:“A 4-year-old start-up has begun shipments of what it says are the world’s first commercial data-scrambling devices that use the radically new technology of quantum encryption. Magiq Technologies, a privately held firm based in New York City, said this week it is selling Navajo Secure Gateway for between $50,000 and $100,000 a unit.”

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