Stories by Ellen Messmer

InDorse unwraps data-protection suite

Start-up InDorse Technologies has unveiled a data-protection suite aimed at preventing unauthorized use of documents in a SharePoint environment.

Chinese high-tech spy case inches closer to trial

Did software engineer Hanjuan Jin, who worked at Motorola for about eight years, steal thousands of confidential and proprietary technical documents to share with competitor Lemko and the People's Republic of China?

Symantec identifies third Downadup/Conficker variant

A third version of Downadup has been identified by Symantec, which says the new variant gives infected machines more powerful instructions to disable anti-virus software and analysis tools, among other actions.

Insider theft at New York Police Dept. impacts 80,000 cops

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is telling thousands of police officers that their personal information may be compromised due to a suspected data theft done by an insider in the police pension fund, according to reports in New York's daily newspapers Thursday.

Survey: 59 percent of fired workers steal data on way out

A survey of 945 individuals who were laid off, fired or quit their jobs in the past 12 months shows that 59 percent admitted to stealing company data and 67 percent used their former company's confidential information to leverage a new job.

McAfee touts integrated compliance suite

McAfee has taken steps to integrate its vulnerability assessment and policy management products in a single suite to make it easier for enterprises to stay on top of compliance initiatives.

CISOs at financial firms worry about insider threats: survey

A survey of 250 chief information security officers involved in the financial-services world shows that while they have increasing responsibility for IT strategy and planning, they harbor growing concerns about internal security and management support amid the sharp economic downturn.

Ex-employee accused of planting computer time bomb

A computer-engineering employee fired from troubled US mortgage giant Fannie Mae is accused of preparing a malware computer time bomb, which had it not been detected, might have destroyed millions of files, according to reports.

Likely insider hack taunts company executives

At the same time the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) was making a 10% employee layoff Thursday, the association's CEO e-mail was hacked and a hoax lay-off memo sent out that disparaged the organization as sexist and filled with overpaid "good 'ol boys."

How Obama might get his way on BlackBerry

Naysayers aside, President-elect Obama appears determined to take office Tuesday with his BlackBerry -- or at least some PDA -- firmly in hand. Here's how experts say he might pull it off -- and what pitfalls he may be underestimating.

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