April 30, 2009 By Casey Mayville
Europe Must Be More Prepared for Cyber Attacks
In a recent weekly update, Viviane Reding talks about the importance of cyber-security in the European Union. With cyber attacks on the rise, personal and organizational information needs to be more secure than ever. Reding plans to meet with information ministers and experts to assemble a better coordinated cyber-security strategy for Europe. For more information, watch the full video clip online.
UK Must Strengthen Cyber-Security for 2012 Olympics
"We need to be ahead of those who would damage us rather than a step behind," said former Home Secretary David Blunkett, who is to give the keynote at Infosecurity Europe in London the week.
"We need to put cyber security alongside chemical, biological and radiological threats," he continued.
Blunkett said that people in the public and private sectors are largely unaware of the true nature of cyber crime and need to realize the enormous threat it poses.
Read more on the 2012 Olympic cyber-security plan online.
Cheyenne, Wyo. Man Accused of Creating First P2P Malware
Twenty-year-old Jason Michael Milmont of Cheyenne, Wyo. is being credited as the author of the first peer-to-peer malware. The malicious program he called the "Nugache Worm" is said to one of the most advanced worm/botnets yet. The worm took over as many as 15,000 robot computers nationwide and used them to obtain credit cards and other personal information.
Milmont will soon be facing sentencing before a federal judge. Read more about the case online.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.