NetFlash: Hackers attack using second Word flaw

* Hackers attack using second Word flaw * Vendors have security, VoIP and router mgmt. tools on tap * U.S. Veterans Affairs CIO: We're more secure * Microsoft releases beta of unified communications hub * Christmas is a busy time for avoiding work * Network World Video: Good Will Hacking * Buzzblog: The Microsoft-Novell affair: In your face * Today on Layer 8

Hackers attack using second Word flaw

With its monthly security updates due out Tuesday, Microsoft has a new problem to worry about: Word flaws. Click here for more.

Vendors have security, VoIP and router mgmt. tools on tap

A myriad of network management vendors this week will introduce new and updated products designed to make managing everything from security to routers to VoIP more efficient. Click here for more.

U.S. Veterans Affairs CIO: We're more secure

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is "pretty confident" the agency will not have another large data breach like the one in May that could have exposed the personal records of 26.5 million military veterans and family members, the agency's CIO said Monday. Click here for more.

Microsoft releases beta of unified communications hub

Microsoft's goal to provide a unified communications infrastructure for the enterprise moved forward Tuesday with the release of a private beta of software it sees as its communications hub. Click here for more.

Christmas is a busy time for avoiding work

Ready to slack off? Work productivity notoriously dips during the winter holiday season but a survey to be released Tuesday suggests that employee productivity takes a nosedive for an entire month surrounding Christmas. Click here for more.

Network World Video: Good Will Hacking

Fiberlink's Dan Hoffman uses his hacking skills to show customers how vulnerable they may be. He shares his secrets on this week's Hot Seat video. Watch now.

Buzzblog: The Microsoft-Novell affair: In your face

It's like one of those billboards where a guy proposes to his gal all gushy-like. Only the couple in this case is Microsoft and Novell and it's unlikely anyone will tear up over their roadside profession of love: "Bipartisan Computing" just doesn't tug at the strings, even for what would have been considered the unlikeliest of pairs not too long ago. Click here for more.

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