The following are resources that will assist in informing and updating users about security issues. Links are also provided to companies that sell anti-theft hardware and software to secure laptops and desktops.
Advisory and Update Mailing Lists
US-CERT Advisory Mailing Lists
National Cyber Alert System mailing lists to receive computer tips and security alerts via e-mail.
Breaking news and virus alerts from an anti-virus software company.
Microsoft Product Security Notification
Notifies users of new patches and other hot fixes for MS products via e-mail.
SANS Institute Newsletters
Computer security e-mail newsletters covering breaking news, Windows security issues, and alerts.
Symantec Security Alerts
E-mail alerts from a leading anti-virus software company. The site also lists virus hoaxes, provides a virus encyclopedia and more.
General Security Sites
CERT Coordination Center
From the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, this site provides everything from updates, advisories, current news, training, white papers, to tips for the new or home user.
Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (United States Department of Justice)
Provides information on cyberthreats and cybercrime policy.
Includes seminars, articles, product comparisons, and breaking news.
Information Week Network Security Articles
Breaking news articles on security, with links to white papers, reports, and other resources.
A very complete computer and network resource geared at IT professionals, including research resources, security alerts for products, countries and viruses, recently defaced Web sites, downloads, and links.
Jumping off place for Microsoft's vast resources on security issues for their products.
SANS (System Administration, Networking and Security) Institute
Research and educational resources designed for the information security community.
SANS Institute Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities
Continuously updated list, combining knowledge from federal agencies, the leading security software vendors and consulting firms.
PC Analysis Tools and Products
Free scan for your PC to notify about software updates, security vulnerabilities, and adware detection.
Center for Internet Security
Benchmarking and tools to monitor and compare security levels of Internet connected systems for individuals and businesses.
EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) Online Guide to Practical Privacy Tools
Links to tools from Cookie Busters to File Encryption.
Firewall Guide Software Reviews
Independent reviews for security products geared for home or small business.
Gibson Research Center
List of free analysis tools from a noted security expert, Steve Gibson.
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
Analyzes Windows for common security misconfigurations, including missing hotfixes and vulnerabilities.
Recent Articles and Presentations
Surveys and Statistics
ABA Legal Technology Resource Center Technology Survey
Annual survey of ABA members' use of technology in the law firm, including security methods and security breaches.
Computer Security Institute/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey (Free but requires registration)
Survey of U.S. corporations, government agencies, financial institutions, medical institutions, and universities to determine the threat from computer crime and other
ICSA Labs 8th Annual Computer Virus Prevalence Survey
ICSA Labs - a division of TruSecure Corporation- has independently collected vital statistics on the state of the computer virus problem and published its findings in its trusted Computer Virus Prevalence Survey since 1994.
Terms and Definitions
Great online dictionary, complete with drawings and links for further investigation.
Webopedia Security (Category)
A section of the online technical dictionary dedicated to terms relating to security.
AVP (Anti-Viral Toolkit Pro) Virus Encyclopedia
This site classifies, defines, explains, and provides a threat analysis of named viruses/worms and much more.