Show of 3-15-2003

  • Information Technology Moves to Into Business
    • Tech Talk Guest: Lavona Suppes, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
    • Business grads must know how to leverage technology to achieve a sustained competitive advantage
    • Learn how to make a business case for technology
      • Return on investment
      • Turn data centers into profit centers
      • Management and Delegation Skills
      • Decision making and leadership skills
      • Understand technology, but speak as a businessman
    • Stratford’s Bachelor Degree in Business Administration
  • Bug in Sendmail Fixed This Week (Announcement Delayed by Government)
    • Bug was found in December 2002 by Internet Security Systems
    • They worked with Department of Homeland Security to warn companies and countries while patch was being developed
    • Patch is now widely in place. Exploit announced publicly on Monday
    • Was this the ?right? approach?
  • Windows Root Kits May Be More Prevalent Than Thought
    • Most exploits (like SubSeven or Back Oriface 2000) operate at the User Level
    • Root Kit sit between the User and the Operating System
    • Commonly available for Unix/Linux and not common for Windows
      • Mask presence by intercepting calls for files listing, open programs, etc.
      • Also known as kernel mode Trojans
    • Latest Windows Rootkit: Slanret, IERK, or BackdoorALI
    • Others include: NT Rootkit, HE4Hook, Hacker Defender
    • All are available on Rootkit.com
  • Wireless Security Update
    • Tech Talk went War Driving again with the following setup
    • Washington is not doing a good job with security
      • We detected over 160 access points between Vienna (VA) and WMAL
      • Default firewall name (and probably password) found on 55% of all access points
      • Wireless Encyption Protocol (WEP) deployed on only 30%
      • DHCP deployed on most networks so IP addresses were given out to rogue machines
    • Recommended configuration (for at least modest security)
      • Implement Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP)
      • Limit access to network to specific MAC addresses (printed on network card)
      • Change password on firewall from the default value
    • Additional security recommendations (for the paranoid)
      • Use fixed IP addresses rather than DHCP
      • Change the internal address of the firewall from the default value (192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1)
      • Use a VPN for an additional encryption layer
  • Spam?s Cost to Business Escalates
    • Roughly 40% of email traffic is spam
    • Up from 8% in 2001
    • According to Ferris Research, spam will cost organizations $10 billion this year
    • AOL spam filters block 1 billion message per day
  • Alcohol Powered Laptops
    • Toshiba is working on fuel cell for laptops
    • Cell will use 50 cc cartridges of methanol for five hours of power
    • Average output power is 12 Watts with a max output of 20 Watts
    • Should be on the market by 2004
    • Toshiba is working on 10 hour fuel cell
  • Alexandria is top Identity Theft Jurisdiction in Virginia
    • Alexandria reported 114 identify theft cases in 2002 (up from 78 in 2001)
    • 279 cases were reported in Virginia for 2002
    • Alexandria credits a better reporting and tracking system for this distinction
    • Identify theft is usually detected when reviewing a credit report for fraudulent credit card charges
    • Check out the Identity Theft Central Website maintained by Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Supreme Court asked to bar Library Internet Filters
    • Free speech is pitted against child protection
    • Ineffectiveness of filters may be a factor
    • Blocking bases on key words is simply too broad and content intent is difficult to screen
  • Mailbag
    • Another spyware program and ?de? is Germany
    • Can ProxyConn really speed up my dialup connecton?
    • Why type of computer would you buy?
  • Stratford?s Unique Approach to Education
    • New Program: Computer Workshops for Seniors
    • Features
    • Inverted Curriculum, Learning styles, Competencies
    • Retention and placement rates
    • Next Start March 17th
    • Bachelor Degree, Associates Degrees, Masters Degrees