By: - Windows Security Subject Matter Expert

@randyfsmith

Everything Matters

August 2nd, 2012

You just can’t cut corners today. In fact you need to be very careful about even “optimizing” your security efforts because it’s so easy to misjudge what needs to be secured and what doesn’t; what deserves your attention and what doesn’t. In fact, in a recent discussion with a colleague, we concluded that basically, “today, [...]



By: - Product Marketing Executive, Mobile and Security Technologies Expert

@jeffreyfhughes

What do Toyotas, Audis and Security Have in Common?

October 4th, 2010

Remember when Toyota was taking a bad rap for some of their cars supposedly accelerating for no apparent reason? Toyota ended up recalling millions of cars in an attempt to identify and correct the problem. After countless studies and millions of dollars spent, there has been no conclusive evidence that the problem is anything more [...]



By: - Forensics and Security Expert

@phenrycissp

Think You Have It Covered With WSUS? Think Again…

September 8th, 2010

As noted in our July blog post “Adjust Your Defense to the Changing Threat Vector,” third party applications now pose the greatest risk to network security. Simply turning on WSUS and patching the underlying OS and Microsoft applications leaves you woefully exposed.  The bad guys know they can improve the success of an attack by [...]



By: - Product Marketing Executive, Mobile and Security Technologies Expert

@jeffreyfhughes

New Era of Collaboration Between IT Operations & Security

December 1st, 2009

Much has been said over the past few years about the convergence of IT security and IT operations. Most companies look at this convergence from an optimization standpoint; hoping to increase security, achieve greater compliance, and reduce IT risk. Many larger companies, however, still operate under a siloed approach, working primarily with point solutions for [...]



By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Windows 7: One Window You May Want to Jump Through

November 13th, 2009

Windows 7 has arrived on the scene with much hoopla. Understandably, many IT folks have greeted it with some trepidation. Here are my thoughts on what you should consider before migrating to this new platform. No. 1: Windows 7 is better than XP, which is now already eight years old. While Windows 7 may not [...]



By: - Forensics and Security Expert

@phenrycissp

Apple Takes a Big Bite out of Patch Tuesday

November 10th, 2009

Apple clearly seems to have taken a page from the Microsoft playbook and is now regularly delivering software patches almost monthly — typically in the shadow of Microsoft Patch Tuesday. However, this month’s Apple patch release falls on the eve of Patch Tuesday as IT teams prepare to address tomorrow’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday. The nearly [...]



By: - Sr. Director Solutions and Strategy

@donleatham

“Micro-Botnet” – The Cybercriminal’s Choice for Enterprise Data Stealing?

September 28th, 2009

Last winter and spring we all watched with interest the headlines heralding the spread of the Confickr botnet.  The under-reported part of the story was that fact that well-patched enterprise networks were largely unaffected by Confickr’s bloom.  In some circles, this seems to have lead to a complacency or belief that botnet infections are not [...]



By: - Forensics and Security Expert

@phenrycissp

Operating System Vulnerabilities Catch a Break with Sophisticated Attacks Growing for Applications

September 21st, 2009

In general there are few “Facts of Life” that are accepted because there is an abundance of supporting data – hence, they simply cannot be disputed. Below are half a dozen “Facts of Life” I use in my own life that I’m happy to share: 1.      If I smoke cigars or cigarettes it will have [...]



By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Corporate Espionage

April 21st, 2009

There’s no way this ends well. The Wall Street Journal recently reported (sub. req’d) that Starwood Hotels filed suit against Hilton Hotels and two former employees, Ross Klein and Amar Lalvani, for corporate espionage, theft of trade secrets and unfair competition. Klein was the former President of Starwood Luxury Brands Group, and Lalvani was formerly [...]



By: - Forensics and Security Expert

@phenrycissp

Expansion of Wireless Introduces New Risks

April 13th, 2009

Wireless has always been a concern but it is about to become a nightmare For me, it started years ago with a curiosity of the useful wireless access point detection tools that were freely downloadable on the Internet. I have regularly used NetStumbler to identify rogue access points for my clients. It is typically run [...]


By: - Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

Tips for Evolving Security in 2009: The Four E’s to Getting There

February 17th, 2009

We’ve hardly stepped into 2009, yet it has already become clear that we’re in for another rocky year when it comes to headline data breaches, botnets, and social networking threats. Just look at our Annual Report and Threat Predictions for 2009. It is enough to make a security guy like myself shake his head because [...]


By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Patch Tuesday PR: Prudent or Hype?

February 11th, 2009

Just read an interesting article by Bill Brenner, who writes the FUD Watch blog at CSO, entitled Debunking the Patch Tuesday Hype Machine. In it, Mr. Brenner points to the onslaught of press releases he receives as the second Tuesday of every month approaches, warning that … … the apocalypse is at hand. Patch immediately, [...]


By: - Forensics and Security Expert

@phenrycissp

SQL Injection Attack: Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow?

February 9th, 2009

SQL injection attacks have been in the news lately given two recent highly publicized attacks against security vendors.  According to a recent IBM report, SQL injection attacks increased 30X between this past summer and the end of 2008 and resulted in a 50 percent increase in the number of malicious URLs hosting exploits. The report [...]


By: - Forensics and Security Expert

@phenrycissp

Is Power Blackout Due to Irresponsible Patch Management in Our Future?

February 6th, 2009

As the security by obscurity veil is lifted from the systems that control and protect our national infrastructure, we are again reminded of the importance of a prudent vulnerability / patch management program. Multiple vulnerabilities in the AREVA e-terrahabitat SCADA system that is used to control core components of power plants and power distribution globally [...]


By: - SVP Global Marketing

@cedwardbrice

Two Silver Bullets Against Malware in a Down Economy

January 26th, 2009

I came across an article by Matt Hines of eWeek and Security Watch Blog where he restated some interesting data from a recent Websense study that pointed out that 70% of the Web’s top 100 most popular sites were compromised in some way during the 2nd half of 2008. I would like to point out [...]



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