Stories by Paul Roberts

Zone Labs unveils new enterprise offering

Zone Labs Inc., maker of the popular freeware firewall ZoneAlarm, unveiled an upgraded version of its enterprise firewall product, Zone Labs Integrity, at Comdex on Monday, with features targeting vulnerabilities posed by applications and remote users.

VeriSign lands two more trusted commerce cos.

Digital security company VeriSign Inc. announced Monday that it has signed up managed Web hosting companies Affinity Internet Inc. and Interland Inc. to its Trusted Commerce initiative, extending VeriSign's Shared Hosting Security Services (SHSS) and Payment Services to small businesses using either of those two providers to host commercial Web sites.

ServGate and NAI team on antivirus appliance

A new gateway appliance from ServGate Technologies Inc. uses Network Associates Inc.'s (NAI) McAfee antivirus scanning engine to perform edge-based virus scanning, according to a statement released by ServGate.

WatchGuard adds backup for enterprise, SOHO

Network security appliance maker WatchGuard Technologies Inc. announced Monday the addition of disaster recovery and performance enhancing features for its enterprise and small office/home office (SOHO) products.

IBM selects Inkra for virtual data center

IBM Global Services has agreed to purchase Inkra Networks's 4000 VSSs (Virtual Service Switches) for its e-business on demand service. IBM will be purchasing a handful of Inkra 4000 appliances for delivery and deployment before the end of the year, according to information provided by Inkra.

Microsoft calls 'foul' on OS vulnerability data

Microsoft Corp. is responding to a report published last week by London-based security intelligence firm mi2g Ltd. that claimed the Apple Macintosh operating system (OS) and certain varieties of Unix are less vulnerable to attack than the popular Windows and Linux operating systems.

New SEC charges may delay WorldCom settlement

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Tuesday that it is expanding its civil charges against WorldCom Inc. According to published reports, the commission also denied rumors that it would dismiss fraud charges against the Mississippi-based telecommunications company as part of a settlement.

Nokia, Trend Micro team on content security

Nokia Corp. and software maker Trend Micro Inc. announced an alliance Tuesday to produce an enterprise e-mail security appliance that joins Trend Micro's antivirus technology to Nokia's hardware and software.

Bride of FunLove virus getting around

A new e-mail worm circulating on the Internet is capable of spreading a variant of the FunLove virus to vulnerable machines running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system, according to statements released by three security companies.

FBI: DNS server attacks came from US, Korea

The distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks against 13 of the Internet's core servers has been traced to computers in the U.S. and Korea, according to statements made by U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Robert Mueller.

Mac OS among least prone to attack

Apple Computer's Macintosh was among the computer operating systems least prone to attack and damage from malicious hackers, worms and viruses in 2002, while Microsoft 's Windows and the Linux operating systems were the most vulnerable, according to a report by technology risk management company mi2g Ltd.

Report: Lucent may face SEC charges

Struggling telecommunications equipment company Lucent Technologies may soon be charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a civil lawsuit that alleges the company used improper accounting techniques to inflate its sales.

Borland buying Togethersoft

Borland Software continued its buying spree Wednesday with an announcement that it has signed an agreement to acquire TogetherSoft, North Carolina, a maker of software design and analysis technology. Borland will pay US$185 million in cash and stock for the privately held company.

Ernst & Young to sell vulnerability mgmt. tool

ESsecurityOnline LLC, a security software company owned by Ernst & Young LLP, is wading into the security management market with a new vulnerability management appliance. The product, called eSO Advisor, will use a database of information collected by Ernst & Young experts to help organizations track and manage security vulnerabilities on their networks and will sell for US$32,495, according to Ernst & Young.

Security companies split over flaw disclosures

When researchers at GreyMagic Software discovered a batch of security vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer earlier this month, their first response was to test the vulnerabilities and make sure they were for real. What they did next, however, raised the ire of Microsoft and others within the software industry.