Europe gets ready for tighter security and telco regulations

Last week saw the European parliament debate the content of a new regulatory telecommunications package that will have far reaching implications for security and risk professionals on both sides of the Atlantic the 785 members of the parliament’s plenary were supposed to vote on the reform package – but six of the most pressuring issues are still open and largely undecided (see: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/08/551&format=HTML&aged=0&language=DE&guiLanguage=nl).

In a nutshell, this new telco package mirrors the ongoing struggle between forces that call for stronger independence of the respective national telecoms authorities in the EU member states (e.g., supported by the EU parliament) and those seeking more direct control over politically sensitive areas such as security (e.g., represented by the EU council).

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InfoSec 2008: Key takeaways from Europe's biggest security event

Thomas RaschkeInfosecurity Europe is the continent's premier dedicated information security event. InfoSec, held the 22nd-24th of April at London's Grand Hall, Olympia, saw some 300 security vendors exhibiting and more than 12,500 security folks visiting. Next year will be at the bigger Earls Court. Last year had fewer attendees, but the benefit of a clear key topic: data security.

So, what was the buzz about this time around? Well, for starters there was no single topic that stood out, but instead InfoSec 2008 was a complex smorgasbord of all past and present security and risk management themes. Certainly, deperimeterization, endpoint protection, data-driven security, and compliance strategies were very visible, but at the same time many network security solutions and antivirus stuff were pushed heavily. Some of the traditional security heavyweights were, you guessed it, widely visible and audible and included the likes of McAfee, Sophos, Kaspersky, Juniper Networks, etc.

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K.I.S.S. the castle (analogy) good-bye! Okay, done - now what?

Thomas Raschke

Think for a moment about the very simple, used-to-death castle analogy with its walls, gates, guns, guards, etc. and how these parts related to early network security. The analogy certainly had its shortcomings already back then – but it nevertheless got popular because of its inherent simplicity.

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'Spygate' in Formula One racing – Or: Don’t forget your ancient floppy disks!

For those who didn’t know, the Formula One racing series has recently started in Australia and Asia. While high-speed enthusiasts in the US flock to NASCAR or the IndyCar series, the rest of the world is hooked on the F1 racing circus (kind of similar to the situation with football/soccer…).

Anyway, as a security professional you have probably heard of last year’s massive data theft involving several high profile Formula One teams like Ferrari, McLaren, and Renault. What you might have not heard is how the technical data got stolen: Well, in the ultra sophisticated and technologically advanced world of Formula One racing, design plans and test results were simply copied to a bunch of floppy disks. Yes, floppy disks - those early versions of portable media devices that never really made it into the new millennium!

 

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CeBIT 2008: Green Security?

Green IT was the key topic at the 2008 CeBIT, Europe’s biggest IT trade show held annually in Hanover, Germany (http://www.cebit.de). Great! While green giants like IBM and Microsoft, and also some public entities with junglesque floor representations were pushing the environmental aspects of IT mostly in noisy public announcements and glossy press material – taking a closer look at what exactly was featured on the floor displayed a different truth: Underneath the green mantle, most of CeBIT featured high-powered, Watt-hungry, fast pacing computing equipment – often assisted by sports cars, stretch limos, etc. when being presented on the floor. So much for Green IT.

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