The federal government's desktop security mandate kicks in this week, requiring government agencies to support standard secure configurations for Windows XP and Vista operating systems. Known as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration standard, the FDCC will require agencies to apply and maintain standard security settings on all desktops and laptops.
A beta network appliance called Proteus aims to combine the benefits of high-end software with the advantages of low-cost, inherently secure hardware in one integrated Internet Protocol (IP) address management device.
Microsoft Corp. is warning Internet Explorer users to be careful where they browse because attackers are now targeting a critical unpatched bug in the software. If successful, these attackers could possibly use this bug to seize control of a user's system, Microsoft says.