McAfee Volunteers Go For All The Spam They Can Stand (And Then Some!)
Y'know those e-mails and offers and come-ons you're never never supposed to open or reply to? Well, McAfee is putting fifty, count 'em, fifty volunteers from across the world on an all-the-spam-you-can-answer diet. You get it, you answer it; you see it you click it -- every one of them for a month Seriously.
Manage Your Risk Before It Mangles Your Business
Informationweek has a good long piece on risk management that will more than repay your attention -- if only in calling your attention to the rapidly evolving nature of risk management -- and the risks we all need, or at least seek, to manage.
Enterprise users and consumers alike have been scared straight about data protection, given the regular headlines about laptop theft or misplaced hard drives. But as users rush to secure the desktop, are their good intentions making the jobs (and lives) of storage pros more difficult?
CA Customers Newly Targeted
While most software exploits target end users and end-point applications, this one is aiming squarely at corporate users.
And I Recommend Caviar For Dinner
Yes, every night. Because in this age of federal bailouts of brokerages, record mortgage defaults, and a stock market that doesn't know which way is up, it's time to indulge. At least that seems to be a piece of the logic behind this report, encouraging would-be videoconferencing customers to go HD.
Startup Flips On Its Virtual Switch
A growing number of security startups aim to bring visibility to the network traffic of virtual systems. Today, Montego Networks officially came out of stealth mode.
The Disruption Factor
Here's a hypothetical based on a lot of ifs. If you had a bunch of money to invest, if you had access to the smartest brokers around, and if the economy were on firm ground, which of these ideas would you invest in?
Medical Records For 2,500 Study Participants Are Stolen
Only after a laptop is stolen from the trunk of a car owned by a researcher at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) does this organization promise to do better when it comes to security. Why does it always go down this way?
How long do you hang on to decommissioned hard drives and storage devices? Do you at least wait to make sure your new drives or backup applications are functioning properly?
If you answered yes to that last question, there might be a job at the White House for you.
Passport Privacy Problem Offers Business Lessons
The current news cycle hot-button -- State Department contractors poking into Barack Obama's passport files -- will give the pundits plenty to spout and sputter about from all sides. It should give small and midsize businesses pause to consider some of their own security procedures, policies and potential vulnerabilities.
Behind Microsoft's Visor
What if Microsoft decided to get really serious about server virtualization? Yeah, yeah, I know Hyper-V is coming this summer. But especially now that they've made such a hash of Vista, virtualization's a natural place for the company to regain a bit of
Hacker Contest Next Week: The Real March Madness
It's fierce comeptition time again, and not just for basketball fans. At next week's CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, the second annual hacker contest offers big bucks to the first person to hack a supposedly secure laptop.
I'm not sure if you need a dance card or a scorecard to keep track of the pairings in the data deduplication market. One thing's abundantly clear: this storage app must have more commercial appeal than most everything else that's come down the pike lately, given the scramble for partners.
4.2 Million Credit Cards Leaked
A New England-based supermarket, Hannaford Bros., said Monday that a system breach may have given criminals access to more than 4 million credit and debit cards. It's a significant event, and while the facts aren't out yet, it looks unlike most other breaches.
Information Is Power
Government officials' seeming inability to manage information has led me to conclude they don't need a backup and archiving policy so much as they need a virtual Roto-Rooter turned on their servers and tape drives and cardboard boxes. And here are three cases in point.
P2P Points To Plenty Of Business Problems
Turns out the problems with peer-to-peer file-sharing goes way beyond piracy. A new investigative piece indicates that there's plenty of business and personal data afloat on P2P networks.
Back when I covered storage networking a lot more closely, I learned to anticipate the industry's rhythms. If any one of EMC, HP, IBM, or NetApp introduced something, one of the other three would frequently contact me on the QT to let me know why their solution was still superior.
T.J. Maxx To Hold 'We Got Hacked' Sale
As part of class-action settlement for one of the most egregious breaches of consumer credit cards in U.S. history, T.J. Maxx plans to hold a special one-day sales event. Seriously?
Trend Micro Anti-Virus Site Hacked
If the anti-virus makers can't keep their sites safe, how safe are the rest of us? That's one of the questions raised by a hack of Trend Micro earlier this week.
And what doesn't in the startup world doesn't appear to have much to do with technology. Like in sports, whoever can deliver on the fundamentals -- in this case, basic business fundamentals, stands a better chance of thriving in the market.
Developers: Check Your %*^& Inputs
Better watch where you click, you just may be stepping into a Web page with a Trojan horse, according to security researcher Dancho Danchev.
This warning brought to you by the fact that developers continue to neglect to check their application -- and in this case, search engine -- inputs.
I Smell A Reality Show
Geeky? Unsociable? Does this sound like you? It's how the European Union's top technology official summed up the current lot holding down jobs in IT. Her prescription for change isn't likely to win her tons of support, either.
While we contemplate the wisdom of locking Eliot Spitzer and Geraldine Ferraro in a room together for all eternity, let's take a deep breath and give thanks for some positive economic news (Go, Dow, go) and wonder what in the world they're smoking over at the freshly renamed NetApp.