Stories by Cara Garretson

Economic stimulus package blocked in the Senate

A bill including modifications to tax laws governing depreciation of IT equipment -- which some say could jump-start new technology purchasing and give the IT industry a much needed boost -- hit a roadblock in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

IBM creates privacy institute, council

IBM Corp. has formed the Privacy Institute and the Privacy Management Council, two initiatives designed to promote secure data management and to protect consumer information, the company said Monday.

Microsoft moves to delay litigation proceedings

Following the news that some states involved in the antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. are not willing to settle, the software company on Tuesday morning asked the U.S. District Court to hear these states' complaints as part of another proceeding and to delay the continuation of the case's litigation until that proceeding has concluded.

Security group: Humans are weakest link

Humans may be the weakest link in securing information systems, according to a panel of experts at a conference organized by Computer Security Institute (CSI), being held here this week.

U.S. congress to pass revised anti-terrorism bill

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a rewritten version of the anti-terrorism bill that reconciles differences between the separate measures already approved by both chambers of Congress. This final version is expected to be put to a U.S. Senate vote on Wednesday or Thursday, according to a spokesman for Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont.

Privacy advocates warn of security implications

As it is likely that the U.S. government will take legislative steps to heighten national security following the hijackings of Sept. 11, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) held a press conference here Monday in an attempt to raise awareness of the privacy implications that such action will bring.

Experts: Cybersecurity needs funding, organization

Members of the security industry and academia told a U.S. House of Representatives committee Wednesday that significant funding for research and the coordination of private and public sector efforts will be needed to combat the threat of cyberterrorism.

US ATTACK: U.S. commission examines cyberterrorism

As the U.S. government begins to formulate policy in response to the terrorist attacks last week, it is faced with trying to heighten national security and preparedness while preserving American citizens' civil liberties.

US ATTACK: Tech exec death toll continues to grow

The list of information technology executives who fell victim to Tuesday's attacks grows as airlines make public the passenger manifests from the four planes that were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside.

Report: Verizon, WorldCom, IDT circle bankrupt Teligent

Telecommunications giants Verizon Communications and WorldCom, as well as long-distance carrier IDT Corp., could be interested in bidding for remains of Teligent Inc., a now-bankrupt provider of fixed wireless local voice and high-speed data services, according to an article in Friday's The Wall Street Journal.

Ariba loses money, CEO

Ariba on Thursday announced a quarterly net loss of US$273.5 million and the departure of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Larry Mueller, who will be temporarily replaced by company Chairman Keith Krach.

Inktomi eyes media market, acquires eScene

Inktomi on Tuesday made a major push into the media management software area with the announcement of a new infrastructure application suite and the acquisition of eScene Networks.