Computer Forensics: Science or Fad?By Marc Rogers
by Matt RoseOriginally appeared at
CERIAS announces the beta launch of a new service for managing vulnerabilities and patches. Elisa (Enterprise-Level Information Security and Assurance) is free and is starting beta testing at:
Purdue University will offer several short courses in information security aimed at community members who wish to protect their computer systems from cyber-attack.
Eugene Spafford, director of CERIAS, has been selected to be a member of a committee that will advise President George W. Bush on information technology matters.
Cassandra is a tool made to manage profiles of services and applications on servers and networks. With these profiles, it searches a local copy of NIST’s ICAT database for vulnerabilities. Searches can be automated to run every night, and to email the results.
Because users may not want a list of vulnerabilities, relevant to their systems, to be sent in clear text email, there is the option of only getting a notification that new vulnerabilities have been found. With an SSL connection, a list can be retrieved from the Cassandra web site.
Cassandra can also do searches by time intervals, keywords, and for products that are not yet in the ICAT database. This provides you with a reasonable assurance that you will get notified if a new vulnerability is found in a product that is not yet listed by ICAT.
The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) gratefully acknowledges the contributions of its sponsors, and NIST for classifying CVE and CAN entries into ICAT and making the full ICAT database available to CERIAS.
Cassandra is available from https://cassandra.cerias.purdue.edu/
The conference will be a five day event, with two days of tutorials and three days of
technical sessions including refereed paper presentations, invited talks, and panel
The presentations are international in scope and include the latest in incident response and prevention, vulnerability analysis, and computer security. Additionally, these events serve as the foundation for the improvement of computer security worldwide via the sharing of goals, ideas, and information. See the FIRST website for more information.
One of the Doctoral candidates at CERIAS is already making news headlines. Diego Zamboni was selected as the recipient of the Josef Raviv Fellowship from IBM.
The IBM Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science was created to honor Dr. Raviv, the founder and director of IBM’s Haifa Research Lab, who died in a car accident in 1999. He had a distinguished research career in Information Theory and was a pioneer in the Israeli high-tech industry. For more information on Joe Raviv, see
IBM offers only one Raviv Fellowship each year to a recent Ph.D. who shows exceptional promise for a research career in computer science. The fellowship will be for one year, with an opportunity for IBM to renew for an additional year.
The National Security Agency just released several guides, with several more to be added shortly, to help Department of Defense
organizations secure Windows 2000. Many DoD organizations have adopted
the guides as standards. Sample titles:
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Architecture Guide
- Guide to Securing Microsoft Windows 2000 DNS
- Guide to Securing Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory
In a major departure from historic precedent, NSA is also making the
documents available to the security community outside the DoD.
You may download these documents directly from the NSA’s site.