NetFlash: Federal security rules fueling energy company anxiety

* Federal security rules fueling energy company anxiety * Fortinet, Juniper bolster multifunction security * Mozilla investigating new Firefox flaw * Nokia develops a new, short-range wireless technology * 3Com melds Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN switching * Buzzblog: IVR hell: 'Oh, great, NOW you tell me' * Today on Layer 8 * Networking costume contest

Federal security rules fueling energy company anxiety

The nation’s energy companies are scrambling to meet government regulations going into effect as soon as January that in part are designed to safeguard the computer-based control systems for electricity and gas distribution from cyberattacks. Click here for more.

Fortinet, Juniper bolster multifunction security

Fortinet and Juniper plan to introduce this week new models of their multifunction security devices that break new ground for each company - Fortinet for protecting data centers and Juniper for defending smaller offices. Click here for more.

Mozilla investigating new Firefox flaw

The security team at Mozilla is looking into a flaw in its Firefox Web browser that hackers exposed at a conference in San Diego over the weekend. Click here for more.

Nokia develops a new, short-range wireless technology

Nokia has developed a new, short-range wireless technology that it says could improve on some of the shortcomings of Bluetooth. Click here for more.

3Com melds Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN switching

3Com this week is expected to launch a combined wired/wireless LAN switch for small businesses or offices that want one box to control all network-access methods. Click here for more.

Buzzblog: IVR hell: 'Oh, great, NOW you tell me'

Or ... "22 questions later and I'm still no closer to getting what I needed." Click here for more.

Today on Layer 8, -3 at home:

Screaming phone offers latest in mobile security; Netflix wants to give you $1 million; flaw revealed in Firefox - is it fatal?; and the start of our latest Weekly Caption Contest; 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!).agaffin@nww.com. for details and rules.

E-mail your photo by witching hour, um, midnight, October 20 to:

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