C-Level View :: September 27, 2006

Worth Noting

The Johns Hopkins University Press: Preservation with Portico

The Johns Hopkins University (MD) is home to one of the largest university presses, which publishes 61 scholarly journals and more than 200 new books each year. The JHU Press has signed an agreement with Portico to preserve its entire collection of journal titles electronically.

Combined with the archiving since 1996 of select JHU Press titles with JSTOR, the new initiative ensures that future scholars, researchers, and students will have the most complete electronic archives of JHU Press journal titles possible. Portico, started in 2002 with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka, the Library of Congress, and JSTOR provides a permanent electronic archive of scholarly journals.

Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report

Symantec

Symantec Security Operation Center

The security vendor released a 120-page report this week, outlining trends it observed in the first six months of 2006. Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network monitors “millions of antivirus products and thousands of intrusion detection sensors deployed around the globe, as well as data gathered from Symantec antifraud solutions,” according to Executive Editor Dean Turner’s forward.

The tenth such report just over four years, the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, Trends for January 06-June 06 notes that attackers are shifting their attention from the network infrastructure (or widespread, network-based attacks) to lower-profile client-side applications, viewing the end-user as the weakest link in the security chain and often employing social engineering tactics to achieve their goals – with fraud and identity theft becoming more common motivations than displays of technical prowess. The report can be downloaded for free here, and registration for a September 28 webcast is open at that URL.

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