Stories by Sam Costello

Symantec mixes firewall, antivirus, intrusion detection

Symantec Corp. Monday announced a new product called Symantec Client Security that integrates the company's desktop firewall, antivirus and intrusion detection products into a single suite intended to better secure corporate PCs.

One month later, Microsoft offers Palladium details

During the month since Microsoft Corp. announced Palladium, the new plan to marry hardware and software security inside every Windows PC has been hailed as either a potential savior or a scourge for computer security and user freedom.

Cisco to acquire Ayr Networks for $113M

Networking heavyweight Cisco Systems Inc. announced Thursday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy privately held Ayr Networks Inc., a provider of high-performance distributed networking services and scalable routing software.

Shavlik eases Microsoft patch management

Shavlik Technologies LLC, the company which has developed a pair of security and patch management tools for Microsoft Corp., announced the newest update to its HFNetChkPro product Wednesday, adding more real-time features and information.

Hole in PHP could give attacker server control

A security hole in the PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) scripting language used on many Web servers could allow an attacker to execute code on affected systems or even take control of them, according to a security alert released Monday by The PHP Group.

Group may change name of 802.11 certification

The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) is discussing the possibility of changing the name it gives to 802.11a wireless networking products that it certifies to be compatible.

Gates updates customers on Trustworthy Computing

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates sent an e-mail to some Microsoft customers Friday updating them on the company's Trustworthy Computing initiative and reminding them that they too have a significant role to play in securing their computer systems.

CERT: Security incidents up sharply in 2002

Internet security incidents for the first half of 2002 are up sharply over 2001 and are on pace to substantially exceed last year's figures, according to new statistics released Thursday by the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Center.

Sprint posts mixed second quarter

Sprint Corp. announced mixed results for the second quarter of 2002 Thursday, with revenue from its local and long distance phone division dipping below both analyst expectations and last year's results, while its PCS wireless group topped both last year's numbers and analyst forecasts.

Gov't, groups release Win 2000 security benchmark

A group of private sector US organizations and government agencies will release Wednesday a new benchmark testing tool designed to let users and administrators more easily configure security settings on their Microsoft Corp. Windows 2000 systems.

Symantec to buy SecurityFocus, Riptech, Recourse

Security vendor Symantec Corp. announced three high-profile acquisitions late Wednesday at the same time it reported its financial results for the second quarter 2002. Symantec will acquire SecurityFocus Inc., Riptech Inc. and Recourse Technologies Inc. for a total of about US$355 million in cash, the company said. recommends 'no' vote on NAI deal

The special committee of the board of directors of Corp. Tuesday recommended that its shareholders vote against the proposed deal in which parent company Network Associates Inc. would have purchased the 25 percent of shares in that it does not already own.

Check Point to bring software to 64-bit HP-UX

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced a deal with Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) Tuesday that will see the two companies work together to port a number of Check Point security products to HP operating systems. HP will also resell Check Point products to its customers.