You might think the people who grew up in an Internet-connected world would be the ones best prepared to cope with the dangers it presents. But no, new research reveals that 18-24 years old, the so called Generation Y, are actually highly likely to ignore advice about risky behaviour online despite claiming to know most about online safety. The [URL="http://www.maintainmyprivacy.com"]research commissioned by RSA[/URL] suggests that when it comes to online life, convenience trumps security as far as most young adults are concerned. Indeed, it even reckons that this risky online behaviour is negatively impacting their future career prospects and financial …

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Despite having recently been [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story273853.html"]cast as the villain of the piece[/URL] by some high profile members of the Free and Open Source Software community, IBM has just revealed itself as actually being something of a crime-fighting superhero. The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice is following in the footsteps of the Ministry of Justice, one of the largest UK government departments with in excess of 95,000 employees and a budget of some £9 billion, by employing IBM predictive analytics tech to assess prisoner re-offending risk and ultimately protect the public at large from the dangers that repeat offenders pose. With …

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Are you a certified function point specialist or play one on TV? Then the Counting Practices Manual version 4.3 might be for you. Unveiled today by the [url=http://www.ifpug.org/]International Function Point Users Group[/url] (better known as IFPUG), the $100 CD contains the latest "body of knowledge used by function point analysts to measure the functional size of applications and projects for benchmarking and estimating world-wide for many domains and business areas," announced the group. The "must-have" publication documents the Counting Practices Manual (CPM), which has been approved as an international standard under ISO/IEC 14143-1 Information Technology-Software Measurement. This revision, which officially …

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According to a new report, published today by SANS, the overwhelming majority of all cyber-security risks can be laid at the door of just two areas: unpatched client-side software and vulnerable Internet facing web sites. The report was compiled by Rohit Dhamankar, Mike Dausin, Marc Eisenbarth and James King of TippingPoint with assistance from Wolfgang Kandek of Qualys, Johannes Ullrich of the Internet Storm Center, and Ed Skoudis and Rob Lee of the SANS Institute faculty. But, to be fair, I'm not sure that attack data from systems protecting 6000 organisations and vulnerability data from 9,000,000 systems was really needed …

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Last week saw a potential top in commodities prices, as both oil and gold prices seem to have stalled out from their upward march in 2008. That should have spelled relief for the stock market, which has been down by 13% in 2008, as measured by the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Yet, it didn’t. The week saw the Down finish lower by 0.63%, while the Standard & Poors 500 index rose by a meager 0.15%. The market may be waiting until after Labor Day, where it can have another two weeks to be certain that commodity prices have topped out. …

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[URL="http://www.mcafee.com"]McAfee Inc.[/URL] has today announced the findings of new research which reveals that, as far as European small and medium businesses are concerned, size does matter when it comes to security and risk. Having sampled more than 600 IT decision makers from small and medium sized businesses across Europe, McAfee's 'Does Size Matter? The Security Challenge of the SMB' report highlights a worrying gap between perception and reality when it comes to security issues. Just look at the key statistics: [LIST] [*]47% think cyber crime was an issue for larger organisations only [*]45% believe being not particularly well known means …

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