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The Morning Briefing: Network security

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about network security.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about network security.

1.) Inmates breached prison system's network. Inmates at the state prison in Concord, New Hampshire, have managed to connect the computers they use in the prison's industries program to the prison system's network.

2.) The Slumlord approach to network security. Network security professionals frequently follow this guidance: If there is no business requirement, disable it. The rule assumes that minimizing features minimizes exposure. The fewer lines of code we run, the less likely are we going to be vulnerable to a bug.

3.) Siemens security flaw? U.S. government investigates claims of insecure networking equipment. The U.S. government is looking into claims by a cyber security researcher that flaws in software for specialized networking equipment from Siemens could enable hackers to attack power plants and other critical systems.

4.) Malware attack takes RasGas computer network offline. Qatar-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer RasGas has reported that malware has shut down part of its computer system. It is the latest malware attack in the Middle East region, following an attack on the computer network of a state owned oil producer in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

5.) How secure are you online: The checklist. Think you do enough to secure your passwords, browsing, and networking? Prove it.

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Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure