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New Federal Data Breach Bill Debuts in Senate
The new bill is getting early support from prominent Democrats and could require enterprises meet tighter security measures and new notification rules.



Cisco Unveils Top 10 Web Malware Threats
Contaminated websites are still a threat, but Cisco's latest security report suggests that are plenty of other Web-borne malware scams that can cost you or your company dearly.



Cisco's CSO Details Security Approach
The chief security officer at Cisco, John Stewart, talks about the networking giant's new security initiatives and building the trust of IT buyers.



Adobe Hurries Patch for PDF Security Flaw
The vulnerability in Adobe Reader could give hackers control of a user's computer.



Say What? The Week's Top Five IT Quotes
Google Wave crashes, fighting to keep mainframe skills alive, beware the Outernet and more.



New Security Features Planned for Firefox 4
A third beta of Firefox 4 is nearing release that will include significant security improvements as well as new features.



Another Laptop Theft Exposes 21K Patients' Data
Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is in the process of notifying more than 21,000 patients that a stolen laptop has exposed some of their most sensitive personal information.



Microsoft Preps Array of Windows Patches
The upcoming Patch Tuesday roundup targets a handful of fixes for Windows, several of which impact all supported versions of the OS.



File Monitoring Key to Enterprise Security
Employees are responsible for more data breaches than outside hackers and security software experts say companies must do a better job of supervising where and how employees access files.



Metasploit Targets Social Engineering
An upcoming version of the vulnerability assessment tool is designed to make it easier to execute Metasploit's social engineering penetration tests.



Spam Looking More Like Legitimate Email
With spam levels surging, it's also becoming harder for users to identify it, according to a new survey.



HP Leverages TippingPoint for Security Services
Now that HP owns TippingPoint, the computer giant is working hard to take advantage of the security services and analysis the research group offers.



Health Care Orgs Endure Data Breach Epidemic
Hospitals, medical centers and physicians' offices have been responsible for a disproportionately large number of data breaches so far this year, according to one security study.



Most Don't Object to Cyber Spying: Report
A survey by a prominent security software firm reveals that most people don't mind if the government uses cyber spying techniques to keep tabs on our enemies.



Tech Firms Split on Paying for Security Flaws
Some major IT firms have made it a standard practice to pay security researchers for bringing vulnerabilities to their attention, while others have a strict prohibition against it. What accounts for the divide?



Windows Shortcut Zero-Day Gets Patch
Microsoft goes the out-of-band route for securing a vulnerability in all currently supported Windows versions.



Smart Card Shipments Explode
What's going to drive even wider adoption of smart cards?



Google Hacking for Enterprise Security: Black Hat
At the Black Hat security conference, researchers describe their work expanding on the technique known as Google hacking to leverage the search engine to improve enterprise security.



Microsoft to Issue Patch for Zero-Day Hole
Microsoft is breaking from its monthly security patch cadence to address a zero-day exploit that surfaced in the wild last month in an out-of-cycle release.



Taking the Measure of the Twitter 'Crime Rate'
Researcher at Barracuda Networks has taken the measure of the "crime rate" on Twitter, which ranks somewhere in between e-mail and Facebook on the threat counter.