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Feb 22, 20066 mins

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ISS announces new security products, 02/20/06

Internet Security Systems last week announced a group of products designed to identify points of failure and compromise on networks and to respond quickly to network changes without a need for extensive network administrator interaction.

DHS: Sony rootkit may lead to regulation, 02/16/06

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official warned Thursday that if software distributors continue to sell products with dangerous rootkit software, as Sony BMG Music Entertainment recently did, legislation or regulation could follow.

RSA: Metrics are key to measuring security effectiveness, 02/16/06

Gathering metrics to measure the effectiveness of an enterprise security strategy can be a difficult and somewhat imprecise task, but that’s no excuse for not trying, said IT managers at RSA Conference 2006 in San Jose, Calif., this week.

Network security is the key to keeping VoIP secure, 02/15/06

Despite warnings that VoIP is vulnerable to a new breed of attacks, the biggest threat to VoIP remains weaknesses in general network security, according to a vendor presentation at the RSA Security Conference 2006.

Secure software is up to businesses, 02/15/06

Most businesses aren’t doing enough to build and buy securely written software, according to speakers at panel of corporate security executives, academics and professional software developers speaking at the RSA Security Conference 2006 on Tuesday.

Nortel unveils its network access control box, 02/15/06

Nortel put on display for the first time at RSA Conference 2006 its answer to network access control, an appliance that directs switches to enforce security policies.

RSA: FBI director says cyber threats are ‘fluid and far-reaching’, 02/15/06

Hacker hunters need to develop new techniques to take on the latest generation of sophisticated and better-organized cyber criminals. That’s what FBI Director Robert Mueller told attendees of the RSA Conference 2006 in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday.

Extreme founder: Beware of closed network-access control schemes, 02/15/06

Corporate security executives should be wary of network-access control schemes that don’t embrace open standards that encourage multi-vendor security, says one of the founders of Extreme Networks.


Barcelona talks mobile VoIP, 02/21/06

At last week’s 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, several big names in the communications sector, including Microsoft, Nokia and Skype, announced mobile phone-based VoIP products and services that could radically change how cellular customers use their …

Gemplus to soon offer 1GB SIM, 02/20/06

Gemplus International seeks a broader role for its core product in mobile phones, the SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) card.

Choices abound for mobile e-mail, 02/17/06

The software upgrade that enables push e-mail to Microsoft’s latest mobile handset software is just about to reach end users, but enterprises have plenty of other options for supporting push e-mail to choose from. At the 3GSM World Congress this week …

Orange targets SMBs with mobile apps, 02/16/06

European mobile phone operator Orange has launched a new mobile application portal to reach out to small businesses.

Players jockey for role in mobile IM, 02/15/06

Instant messaging over mobile phones emerged as a key topic at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, with three major announcements made within a 24-hour period beginning Monday.

New version of Java for mobile expected this year, 02/15/06

The next generation of Java for mobile phones should become available in the middle of this year, with handsets featuring applications built with the new version expected to reach the market at the end of the year or early next, Sun said Wednesday at …

Texas Instruments sees $20 mobile phones out this year, 02/15/06

Texas Instruments, the world’s largest maker of chips for mobile phones, believes a GSM handset costing as little as $20 could be available by year-end as part of the drive to provide ultra-low-cost phones to people in poor nations.

Cisco CIO: Going mobile is tough for enterprises, 02/16/06

Despite improvements in recent years, the wireless industry has done a poor job of giving enterprises the tools they need to let workers access corporate data from mobile devices, Cisco’s CIO said Thursday at the 3GSM World Congress.

Music industry to sing praises of mobile phones, 02/15/06

Musician Craig David set the tone of the mobile entertainment summit at the 3GSM World Congress on Wednesday by singing a song and telling a packed auditorium that mobile phones will have a huge impact on the music industry.

Mobile operating systems vie for position, 02/15/06

Operators and handset makers are moving toward standardizing on just a few mobile phone operating systems. They’re likely to choose relatively open platforms with large developer groups, according to experts at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona on …

Linux will reach mass market phones, says MontaVista, 02/15/06

Even though many Linux supporters say that Linux is ideal for low-end handsets, Linux-based operating systems today are being used primarily on high-end phones. But that will change, said Peder Ulander, vice president of marketing for MontaVista Software.

British users to be among first in Europe to watch television on their mobile phones, 02/15/06

Taiwanese mobile phone developer High Tech Computer said Tuesday it will provide its latest handset to an effort by BT Group and Virgin Mobile Holdings to make British users among the first in Europe to watch television on their mobile phones.

3GSM – Mobile operating systems vie for position, 02/15/06

Operators and handset makers are moving toward standardizing on just a few mobile phone operating systems. They’re likely to choose relatively open platforms with large developer groups, according to experts at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona on …


IBM to unveil Tivoli Express mid-March, 02/17/06

IBM’s Tivoli Software unit will unveil its Express family of systems management products aimed at small and midsize businesses in mid-March.


Vendors continue to free up some proprietary wares, 02/17/06

At the Open Source Business Conference held this week in San Francisco, some big-name commercial vendors continued the trend of contributing formerly closed code into the open source community.

* UPCOMING TRADE SHOWS (Feb., March, April):

RFID World 2006

Feb. 27 – March 1, Dallas, Texas

VoiceCon Spring 2006

March 6-9, Orlando

CeBIT 2006

March 9-15, Hannover, Germany

Spring VON 2006

March 14-17, San Jose

Novell BrainShare 2006

March 19-24, Salt Lake City

Gartner Outsourcing Summit

April 3-5, Orlando, Florida

Forrester’s IT Forum 2006: GigaWorld

April 3-6, Las Vegas

LinuxWorld Boston

April 3-6, Boston

CTIA Wireless 2006

April 5-7, Las Vegas

Broadband Wireless World 2006

April 26-28, Las Vegas


IT Roadmap: Boston

March 20, 2006

It’s where you’ll hear brilliant IT strategies delivered direct to you from Network World editors six months ahead of outsiders even knowing about it. Where you can meet personally, one-on-one, with an IT all-star to discuss how coming technology will reshape your enterprise. Where you can accomplish a year’s worth of vendor analysis among more than two dozen solution providers all in one day.