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26 Presentation to Cover Computer Security for PCs Running Windows
The PC you use is vulnerable to an incredible number of security threats that can significantly disrupt your work and that of others. Employees can learn about these threats and what you can do about them in a mini-course, "Securing Your Windows Desktop System," from 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, July 26 in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium.
The free course will be taught
by Eugene Schultz, author of "Windows NT/2000 Network Security" and a
member of the Lab's Computer Protection Program.
According to Web sites that keep track of attacks on computers, only
about 20 percent of all Internet Web servers are Microsoft Internet Information
Server (IIS) Web servers, but over 60 percent of all the successful attacks
on Web servers are against IIS Web servers. Why?Among other things, IIS
Web servers' default settings are ill-suited to security needs.
On Thursday, July 19, a major
Internet cyberattack, which came to be known as Code Red, infected an
estimated 300,000 to 500,000 servers, requiring them to be temporarily
taken out of service. Berkeley Lab, like all Internet sites, was heavily
attacked - 18 LBNL Web servers were infected, but were taken off line
quickly as they began attacking other sites. According to the Associated
Press, the Code Red worm spread more quickly than any worm in recent history.
Most Web users, however, were unaware of the drama going on behind the
"Help Yourself" to Berkeley
Lab's new Employee Self Service
web site for accessing a variety of Human Resources and related services.
Lab employees can log in to change their home address or emergency contact
information, enroll in training courses, access payroll and benefit forms,
connect to UC Benefits, and check on and update certain records.
Software maker Hummingbird
is offering the Lab an opportunity to purchase their Exceed, Maestro and
HostExplorer products at a significant savings -- between 40-65 percent
off of their commercial pricing. The special prices are in response to
increasing requests from Lab employees for the software. There are three
product lines from Hummingbird that are currently in use at the Lab --
Exceed, Maestro and HostExplorer.
The Lab's newly formed Linux
Users Group will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and will feature
Kevin Harrison of Ximian talking
about his company's products and strategies. Greg Kurtzer, who is organizing
the group, said it's intended as a resource for those who use Linux, as
well as for those who are interested in the operating system. The location
of the first meeting hasn't been set yet, but employees interested in
attending can sign up for details at the group Web
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As part of the Computing Infrastructure
Support (CIS) Department's effort to upgrade the central email servers,
employees' centrally stored email is being moved to a new server. Employees
should see no difference in their email and the change will have no effect
on email addresses - about 100 accounts have been moved with no disruption
The Department of Energy and
other federal research agencies are developing tools and technologies
to support computing "grids," or large-scale projects to develop problem-solving
environments using computing and data storage resources at various locations.
Berkeley Lab is co-hosting the premier international symposium on Grid
computing in August, and the event offers an opportunity for Lab researchers
to learn about Grid computing from some of the leading experts in the
The Lab's Networking and Telecommunications
Department (NTD) is working to improve LBLnet Remote Access Services (RAS)
by adding features designed to make the services easier to use. It's also
going to get less expensive to use -- the per-minute cost of using 1-800-LBL-DATA
is being reduced in FY02.
New communications technologies
are appearing so fast these days, it's often difficult to sort out the
actual applications and benefits from the hype. Voice over Internet Protocol,
or VoIP, is one of those technologies and the Lab's Networking and Telecommunications
Department is frequently asked what we are doing in this area. To keep
LBNL staff informed of our progress and the issues at hand, here is an
overview of VoIP and the issues involved in deploying it in an institution
such as the Laboratory.
In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other international safety
authorities, Apple is voluntarily recalling certain AC adapters that were
sold for use with PowerBook G3 systems shipped from May 1998 until March
2000. Apple has initiated an exchange program and will provide you with
a new replacement AC adapter, free of charge.
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