William Jackson

Bill Jackson (, a senior writer for GCN, covers security issues.

Is the smart phone the new laptop?

Professionals eschew the bulky laptop for more portable network devices, and the bad guys are taking notice.

Bank-robbing ZeuS Trojan returns: Is it just good business?

Source code for ZeuS malware has been leaked on the Internet -- or has it? At least one researcher thinks it could be a freeware marketing ploy to build demand for peripheral services.

Federal IT security workforce could double in 5 years*

A survey of C-level executives predicts that the federal IT security workforce will double in the next five years, but budget squeezes and a shortage of qualified workers might make that a tall order to fill.

Government's best role in an ID ecosystem: consumer

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace envisions an industry-led ecosystem to securely manage identities in cyberspace; the test of its success might well be government's willingness to adopt it.

Microsoft will play by the rules on legacy IPv4 addresses

Microsoft, which picked up a block of slightly used IPv4 addresses from bankrupt Nortel, has agreed to transfer them according to official policy, heading off a confrontation over who controls the legacy addresses.

In Google-Microsoft dustup, what does 'FISMA-certified' mean?

A recent dispute over whether Google Apps for Government is properly authorized has been clouded by term "FISMA certified." But it’s debatable whether there is any such thing.

New cyber threats put government in the cross hairs

Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report details a shift toward online attacks that draw on social media information and target high-value victims, such as those in government.

Advanced persistent threats are a new way of life

The recent discovery of an advanced persistent threat inside RSA proves what the company had been saying for weeks: This new breed of threat against high-value targets is probably inevitable.

If security is too complex for blacklists, what's next?

More complex security environments require the use of whitelists to effectively combat attacks such as advanced persistent threats, one vendor says.

With new FISMA rules, security progress can be measured

The most recent OMB report on FISMA compliance includes new metrics on IT security performance. The results are mixed; the real test will be the progress from this baseline measured in future years.

Smart phones finding their way onto hacker hit lists

As the world becomes more mobile, will attackers abandon the tethered desktop in favor of handheld devices as the target of choice for malware?

Don't count on recycling to maintain IPv4 address pool

Recovering and reallocating unused IPv4 addresses will not significantly extend the life of the address pool or delay the need to transition to IPv6, says the Internet numbers registry.

Proposed laws on ID tech take privacy to the extreme

You have to be careful in handling personal information, but legislation that would prohibit most uses of biometric data and RFID would throw the baby out with the bathwater.

What's so hard about public/private partnerships?

Everyone agrees that public/private partnerships are necessary to improve cybersecurity. So why is everyone still asking for them?

Cyber espionage: Learn to live with it

Microsoft's Scott Charney says there are some threats in cyberspace that we're probably going to have to learn to live with.

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