News Roundup: Infosec 2001 unfolds

Hacker threat counteracts economic downturn to keep security industry healthy

Infosec is the UK's biggest event for computer security experts, companies and enthusiasts. Infosec 2001 began in London this week and showed that, despite many technology companies exhibiting all the symptoms of economic downturn, fears about malicious computer hackers are still helping to build a healthy computer security industry. This year's highlights have included keynotes on the latest hacking techniques, ways to protect corporate networks and mobile devices. The timing of the event is also significant because the UK Government only last week announced the launch of a new body designed to combat computer crime, the National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU). Perhaps the most interesting story from the show, however, was the Hacker Challenge, cracked before the show even began. The competition -- to break into a Web server protected by technology from Argus Systems -- showed that in some areas computer hackers are still ahead of the game. NEWS:
Hacking threat goes mobile
Wed, 25 April New technologies will make portable computers the target of denial of service attacks, while PDAs and phones will become increasingly vulnerable to viruses Police secure records with Baltimore encryption
Wed, 25 April PKI from Baltimore will provide computer security for the Metropolitan police High-Tech Crime Unit snubs Infosec
Wed, 25 April Cybercops are too busy training to attend the UK's biggest computer security conference UK employers crack down on Net use
Tue, 24 April UK bosses are the first to crack down on Net use at work, but can they be blamed when the official guidelines are still eight months away? £35,000 hacking challenge cracked
Mon, 23 Apr Hackers crack challenge within 24 hours, and Solaris gets the blame £35,000 for hackers to crack Web server
Thu, 19 Apr A live hacking competition that begins tomorrow in London is intended to publicise the UK's lackadaisical attitude to security Have your say instantly, and see what others have said. Click on the TalkBack button and go to the ZDNet News forum. Let the editors know what you think in the Mailroom. And read what others have said.

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