NetFlash: 10 management companies to watch

* 10 management companies to watch * Open source router tempts company to bid Cisco firewall farewell * Mozilla duped by hacker's 'humorous' presentation * McAfee buys security compliance vendor for $60 million * McAfee cries foul over Vista security features * Akonix appliance aims to give IT Skype controls * Today on Layer 8

10 management companies to watch

BMC, CA, HP and IBM had better watch their backs. A group of start-ups intend to revamp the current landscape of network, systems and application management tools with easy-to-deploy, low-cost - in some cases, free - products that can address more quickly the most pressing issues of today's IT managers. Click here for a closer look.

Open source router tempts company to bid Cisco firewall farewell

As open source router start-up Vyatta is scheduled to formally launch its first appliance this week, one early adopter is using the Linux-based gear to replace Cisco technologies. Click here for more.

Mozilla duped by hacker's 'humorous' presentation

One of the hackers who demonstrated exploit code for a vulnerability in the way the Firefox browser handles Javascript at a hacker conference in San Diego admitted Tuesday that the presentation was meant to be a joke, according to the chief of security for Mozilla. Click here for more.

McAfee buys security compliance vendor for $60 million

McAfee will pay $60 million to acquire Citadel Security Software, a producer of security compliance products that ensure corporate employees are using assigned IT policies. Click here for more.

McAfee cries foul over Vista security features

McAfee top executives went on the offensive Monday against Microsoft, saying Vista will be even less secure for customers than previous versions of Windows. Click here for more.

Akonix appliance aims to give IT Skype controls

Akonix Tuesday released a management appliance intended to help corporate IT gain a measure of control over the popular voice application Skype. Click here for more.

Today on Layer 8, no blood, no foul:

Back off the ledge - Firefox flaw not so bad; a fine, geeky DIY Halloween costume; new Google NYC office spans entire block; and will the Internet kill "Saturday Night Live"?; all this today and more at your home for not-just-networking news.

Networking costume contest

OK, we know that most of the time, you're pretty quiet out there - scrambling from your desk to put out fires across your enterprise leaves little time for fun, eh? But come on, Halloween is approaching. We know you've unleashed your Inner Geek in the past. Show us how! We're running a networking costume contest. Send us a photo of you in your best ever costume - preferably one proving you are an Alpha Geek (yes, show us your racks in the background!).Adam Gaffin. Click here for details and rules.

E-mail your photo by witching hour, um, midnight, Oct. 20, to

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