Campus Security :: June 8, 2007

Security Spotlight

Disaster Recovery: Personal and Up Close
By Doug Gale
As we move into what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts as an above normal Atlantic hurricane season, this month's column will focus on a little considered aspect of disaster recovery, personal business continuity. What does business continuity have to do with security? Both are based anticipating and planning for bad things. So don't be surprised when your boss wants you to be on the organization's disaster recovery team. You may be surprised at how much you can contribute....

Campus Security News

U Pennsylvania Drafts Policy to Minimize Use of SSNs
The University of Pennsylvania has drafted a policy designed to minimize the use of Social Security numbers at the school after deciding the numbers constitute "sensitive data that can be abused by identity thieves to commit fraud."...
Consensus: Decentralized IT Led to Boulder Hack
The University of Colorado at Boulder reported that a hacker May 12 exposed about 45,000 students' names and Social Security numbers. The incident affected students enrolled at any time from 2002 to the present, the school said....
U Indiana Grad Student Exposes Firefox Vulnerability
Christopher Soghoian, a grad student at Indiana University's School of Informatics, has discovered a security flaw associated a number of big-name commercial extensions to the Firefox Web browser....
Madison, Berkeley Team Develop Malware Modeling Tool
A research team from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of California, Berkeley have developed virus scanning software they describe as the "next generation in malware detection."...
Researchers Step Closer to Cracking RSA Encryption
Researchers are closing in on deciphering 1,024-bit RSA encryption, security industry watchers said following an unprecedented numbers-cracking feat by a group of French, German, and Japanese researchers....
TAMU Prof Finds Cheap Security Via 'Thermal Noise'
A Texas A&M engineer claims to have discovered a cheap but effective way to encrypt messages using "noise" generated when electrons flow along a wire....
IT Funding, Student Safety Top Concerns for CIOs
University information technology officials rated funding for technology as the most pressing issue they face, according to an annual "current issues" survey by the Educause higher education association....
Case Study: OSU Adopts Hybrid Backup Approach
A new backup and restore system at Oregon State University Foundation has reduced weekly backup time for the system administrator from days, to just 90 minutes. "I'd hate to think how my Mondays would be without it," said Systems and Database Administrator Lyle Utt....

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Washington, DC, July 30-August 2, 2007
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Las Vegas, NV, August 1, 2007
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