David Gewirtz

David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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Windows viruses keep IT managers busy

The importance of installing Microsoft's security updates in a timely fashion became clear this week with the delivery of the Zotob worm, just four days after Microsoft announced a "critical" security hole on Aug. 9.

August 16, 2005 by Richard Koman


NOAA backs off on info sharing

The National Weather Service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, plans to back off of operations that potentially compete with the private sector, Information Week reports. NWS has been offering such technological services as Flash-based weather forecasts to hotel services and downloads to wireless devices.

August 15, 2005 by Richard Koman

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Overcoming the code of silence

In a recent speech, FBI Director Robert Mueller cited a Computer Security Institute/FBI report claiming that only 20 percent of companies hacked report the incidents to law enforcement authorities.  We know that you have practical concerns about reporting breaches of security.

August 15, 2005 by Dan Farber


Mired in methodology

A colleague of mine and I often use the term M&Ms when describing an IT organization or a component of one – as in "They are just a bunch of M&Ms." When doing so, we aren't referring to chocolatey goodness but to organizations that are Mired in Methodology.

August 12, 2005 by Ramon Padilla


DC area cities take opposing tacks to Wi-Fi

The ongoing debate about munipal wireless is should cities build the infrastructure themselves or should they outsource it to commercial providers. In the Washington area, two local governments are taking different approaches, according to the Washington Times.

August 12, 2005 by ZDNet


Feds hang out with hackers at Defcon

Once upon a time there was virtually no distance between the Defense establishment and cutting-edge computer visionaries. Most of the groundbreaking research that has yielded today's Internet, personal computers and interactive software was done by scientists working on defense and intelligence projects.

August 11, 2005 by Richard Koman


DHS asks industry to help with cybersecurity

Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff underscored the department's emphasis on cybersecurity, speaking at the InfraGard National Conference in Washington on Wednesday, according to PC World. Chertoff called for a "21st century style of organization" with government agencies working closely with private companies.

August 11, 2005 by ZDNet