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Essential Reading for Today's Business 27th July 2006

in this issue:
  • An Analysis of New Security Features Within Microsoft Vista and Internet Explorer 7 - iDefense Webcast
  • Emergent Chaos
  • What direction for RSA after EMC's takeover?
  • Ad dishes up malware to more than 1M PCs

    Dear Visitor,

    As the height of the holiday season is upon us in Europe, it's sometimes hard to focus on security. And this is just the time we need to. The malicious adware placed on Myspace and its infection of a vast number of PCs globally shows that we need to be as vigilant as carriers of advertising as we do when protecting our organisations against attack from the outside.

    To keep Compliance and Privacy members even more up to date we've increased the range of security blogs we feature by adding Emergent Chaos - a sometimes light hearted blog that covers security, privacy, liberty, and economics. We also invite you to take part in the iDefense webcast on the new security features within Microsoft Vista and IE 7 - essential to be fully aware while discussing future rollouts

    And if you were wondering about the direction for RSA Security after the acquisition by EMC, the American Banker covers that in the main article

    Peter Andrews

    An Analysis of New Security Features Within Microsoft Vista and Internet Explorer 7 - iDefense Webcast

    Microsoft Corp. released beta versions of its new Windows Vista operating system and version 7.0 of its Internet Explorer Web browser in 2005. However, the new products have yet to be released commercially. This presentation will focus on the new security features planned for these two new products, explaining how these features will benefit the overall security of the Windows platform and potential problems they may introduce. Emphasis will be placed on how vulnerabilities in earlier versions of Windows led Microsoft to implement these features and change the way the company approaches software security.

    Your presence is requested at this webcast on 9 August 2006 at 2pm US Eastern tim, that is 7pm UK time, 8pm Eurpoean time.

    The webcast is fully interactive, so please use a computer equipped with a microphone and a headset or speakers.

    Emergent Chaos

    Ever more news, ever more news sources, and ever relevant to Compliance and to Privacy. That's our objective.

    We've just started to feature Emergent Chaos. While this sounds like a Death Metal band, it's really Jazz, or so the bloggers say! No "music to the ears" puns, though, however tempting.

    Emergent Chaos features at least three top bloggers, and is a group blog on security, privacy, liberty, and economics. One such article is 'Job Hunting for Security Executives'. It's a varied and relevant blog.

    What direction for RSA after EMC's takeover?

    In an article in American Banker, RSA Security Inc. says its consumer online banking security business would not be changed after the vendor sells itself to the data storage company EMC Corp.

    "RSA will continue to build and invest in this business, as both companies believe that the protection of online consumers' identity is a burgeoning business that is just beginning to take off," said Art Coviello, RSA's president and chief executive, said in a presentation to analysts after the deal was announced.

    Joe Tucci, EMC's chairman, president, and chief executive, said RSA's customers should not worry that this plan would change its focus. He said he hopes to use RSA's technology to improve his company's data storage products.

    Ad dishes up malware to more than 1M PCs

    More than 1 million users of and other Web sites may have been infected with adware spread by a banner advertisement, according to iDefense, a computer security group, as reported in Computerworld.

    The advertisement, for a site called, appeared in user profiles on MySpace, an online community with at least 70 million users, said Ken Dunham, director of the rapid response team at iDefense, which is owned by VeriSign Inc.

    The ad exploits a problem in the way Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser handles Windows Metafile (WMF) image files.

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