Articles by Paul Desmond 

Former White House Security Czar Forms CSO Council

Former White House security advisor Howard Schmidt on Wednesday announced the formation of the Global Council of CSOs, a group of 10 security experts that will address issues of national security, business continuity and technology development.

IDS Will Morph, But Won't Die

Shock waves are still reverberating from a report issued in June predicting the demise of IDS technology by 2005. But Security Guard columnist Paul Desmond says IDS really isn't disappearing.

A Better Way to Deal With Vulnerabilities

When IT pros start adding up the real costs of addressing security vulnerabilities, they may be in for an unpleasant surprise. It's enough to make them demand better quality software -- or at least, it should be.

Security Product of the Year -- Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition

Answer: Yaha, Klez, Lovegate, Bugbear and Backdoor.
Question: What are five reasons Datamation readers selected Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 7.6 as the Security Product of the Year?

Time to Get Tough About Email Security

A recent META Group study underscores what many of us already knew: email is now a more important business communications tool than the telephone. If that's the case, then email security must be an increasingly important priority.

Fed Cyberspace Security Strategy -- Nothing Much for Everyone

It's clear why the federal government released its 'National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace' document with so little fanfare -- because there isn't much to brag about.

CipherTrust Boosts Spam Detection Features of IronMail

CipherTrust announces a new release of its IronMail secure email appliance that adds new spam-fighting features intended to drive up spam detection rates while reducing false positives.

Nortel Brings SSL to Alteon, Passport Switches

Nortel Networks announces new switches and switch modules that bring SSL acceleration and SSL-based virtual private network capabilities to its Alteon and Passport switch lines.

Tallying the 'Pest' Toll

RAT, Commercial RAT, Nuker, Mail Bomber, IRC War. No, these are not the handles of players in some ultra-violent computer game. Rather, they are 'pests,' and they are a growing security problem, according to PestPatrol Inc.

PKWare Makes Progress on Enterprise-wide Encryption

With a series of announcements over the past couple of weeks that culminates later this month with a joint announcement with RSA Security, PKWare is making headway on its vision of seeing the ubiquitous ZIP format used enterprise-wide for file encryption as well as compression.

Secure Computing Unwraps New Firewalls, Management Appliance

In what amounts to the first tangible fruits of its acquisition of the Gauntlet firewall from Network Associates nearly a year ago, Secure Computing announces a new 'hybrid' firewall and an appliance for managing hundreds of distributed firewalls.

ActivCard Aims to Simplify Single Sign-on

ActivCard announces software that integrates multiple authentication techniques to simplify the process of providing secure, single sign-on access to enterprise systems and applications, as well as to Web sites and resources outside the control of IT.

Secure Messaging Vendor Offers Management Appliance

Tumbleweed Communications announces an appliance that runs its MMS 5.5 software, which provides content filtering, secure email, anti-virus and anti-spam capabilities.

BMC Beefs Up Provisioning Tool

Enterprise management products vendor BMC Software announces enhancements to its CONTROL-SA provisioning tool that focus on ease of use and deployment as well as scalability and integration.

Aventail Touts Clientless VPN Appliance As IPSec Replacement

Remote access vendor Aventail unveils an SSL-based VPN appliance it claims ups the ante in the 'clientless' VPN market, with features enabling it to replace more complicated IPSec-based VPNs for remote user access to networks.

SonicWall Unwraps 2 New VPN/Firewall Appliances

Internet security product vendor SonicWall announces a pair of new security appliances targeted at the small/medium business market and featuring enhanced firewall and administrative functions.

Dollars, Sense and the Cyber Security Act

The recently passed Cyber Security Research and Development Act aims to provide nearly $1 billion for various forms of security research and scholarships. But it's no sure bet that Congress will vote to fund the legislation.

Report: Internet Security Threats Will Get Worse

A new Internet risk assessment report paints a grim picture of the state of Internet security and warns of persistent threats to come from new forms of mass-mailing worms.

Macromedia, RealNetworks Release Patches

Two high-profile multimedia software companies release patches for vulnerabilities in their respective products that may result in buffer overflows.

Thor Unveils Enhanced Provisioning System

Thor Technologies announces a new version of its Xellerate provisioning system that adds features to make the platform easier to implement and ensure reliability in the provisioning process.

PKWare Offers Reader for Encrypted ZIP Files

PKWare announces a free, Windows-based reader that allows anyone to open any ZIP file and decrypt those secured with the company's PKZIP 5.0 Professional Edition.

Startup Unveils Web Server Assessment, Defense Toolkit

NT OBJECTives announces a Web server security assessment and defense toolkit built out of a collection of freeware tools and priced at just $999 per year for unlimited enterprise use.

Fortinet Offers VPN Client For Its NPG Appliance

Security device vendor Fortinet announces it will offer virtual private network client software that simplifies enterprise deployment of VPNs based on its Network Protection Gateway (NPG) security appliances.

OpenService Bundles Security Tools

Massachusetts-based OpenService unveils a bundled suite of security threat management tools intended to be simpler to deploy and operate than previously separate products.

PGP Releases 8.0, Offers Source Code for Review

PGP Corp. releases 8.0 versions of its PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption technology for Windows and Macintosh desktops, enterprise and personal use. In a throwback to its open source roots, the company also released PGP 8.0 source code for peer review.