AOL, Yahoo and MSN no longer accessible from company network. Practice is growing in financial world.
Symantec releases new security appliances
SSCP and CISSP certification reviews available in new online courses.
Fulfilling a promise it made earlier in the year,
Symantec Corp. will release next month a new line of gateway security
appliances, the Symantec Gateway Security Appliance 5400 Series. The
release is scheduled for Sept. 9 and will add to Symantecs family of
Gateway Security Appliances, which combine firewall, intrusion detection,
content filtering, and antivirus technologies on a single hardware device,
according to information released by the company last week. Like earlier
editions of the Gateway Security Appliance, 5400 series appliances will
offer high availability features such as load balancing and clustering as
well as event reporting capabilities, Symantec said.
IT security pros can beef up their skills in
security standards certification programs this fall. The courses will
be offered by the International Information Security Certification
Consortium (ISC2) and Web-based e-learning company VCampus, the companies
said Monday. The Web-based curriculum will offer Systems Security
Certified Practitioner (SSCP) and Certified Information Systems Security
Professional (CISSP) review seminars preparatory to certification testing,
which will continue to take place off-line in ISC2 facilities. "ISC2
certification rests on a common body of [IT security] knowledge," said
Marc Thompson, vice president of the consortiums training institute.
Through surveys of its membership and the IT security industry at large,
the ISC2 constantly monitors and fine-tunes its body of knowledge, he
The Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly has met with senior
officials from the Federal Communications Commissions twice in the last
four weeks to push for
wiretapping laws that would cover VoIP technology and ISP services.
The FBIs authority in this area comes primarily from the 1994
Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), which required
digital phone applications -- then leading edge technology -- to be
architected so law enforcement could better monitor activity on those
networks. At the time, though, Congress specifically exempted Internet
Service Providers and other information technologies, such as Voice over
Digital song-tracking company
Magic Corp. is striking a deal with Universal Music Group for song
information, getting another leg up in its quest to be able to
identify -- and potentially block -- music as it is transferred online.
The new arrangement, expected to be announced Tuesday, will see Universal
give Audible Magic a
"fingerprint," or digital identification tool, for each song it releases,
before albums are shipped to retailers. The company uses those
fingerprints to identify copyrighted songs online or in other venues such
as CD-manufacturing plants to help guard against unauthorized copying.
Audible Magic already has information from Universal and other labels in
its databases, but getting the songs directly from the label before
release will help make the identification business more efficient, Audible
Magic CEO Vance Ikezoye said.
InternetMerrill Lynch on
Friday will ban access to outside e-mail services from popular sites
such as America Online, Yahoo and MSN, in response to regulatory
requirements and to protect its network from viruses, according to a
company memo. The policy shift will affect the 48,000 Merrill Lynch
employees worldwide who use the companys Internet network. A Merrill
Lynch representative said the policy is an extension of existing bans in
departments such as the trading desk. Other investment banks, such as
Goldman Sachs, have similar companywide policies. The policy will also
affect access to outside message boards, chat rooms and forums, and any
access to accounts from Internet service providers. The memo also included
Juno, EarthLink and Comcast in its list of banned ISPs.