Preventing USB Drives From Biting Back
This week, the Florida Free Culture student club hosted a three-day event in which they helped secure student-owned computers at the University of Florida campus by cleaning up malware infections and installing the university site-licensed antivirus software. The event was designed not only to help secure student computers, but to also promote free and open source software by providing educational handouts and installing a variety of applications, including Firefox, Thunderbird, the Gimp, OpenOf
SSDs Are Not Confusing
Seems like every vendor I speak with is laying out its solid-state disk (SSD) strategy, and almost all say they're trying to help the customer through this confusing platform change. It's not confusing.
IBM Fined $900,000 For Failing To Backup
The Dallas Morning News reported that the state of Texas is fining IBM $900,000 for failing to make timely backups as part of an $863 million outsourcing contract. Gov. Rick Perry also suspended the transfer of additional state records into the IBM system, claiming the new system puts state agency data at risk.
Halloween Treats: Ghouls, Goblins And -- Backups!
Maxell has a good, timely suggestion:in addition to traditional Halloween activities (whether allowed in your workplace or not) use Halloween as the day you begin (or re-commmit to) regular backups of your data.
What Horror Movies Can Teach Us About Disaster Recovery
Sharks in the water. Spinning heads. Freaky clowns. Who knew those flicks we paid good money to scare the living daylights out of us, and forced us to invest in nightlights, bore lessons applicable to disaster recovery and business continuity?
Insiders, After a Fashion
Employees of a fashion trade show operation accused of hacking company data to build a side business of their own
At the Hack in the Box security conference in Malaysia Wednesday, Mandiant's Peter Silberman announced the release of Mandiant's newest free tool for incident response and forensic investigations. The tool, Memoryze, is the latest memory analysis tool for first responders to consider adding to their toolkit for acquiring physical memory from running Windows systems. This summer, we saw the rele
Green Storage Is More Than Just Green Drives
Most, if not all, the hard drive manufacturers have come out with green drives; drives that spin down or turn off. There are two problems with counting on green drives to reduce your power consumption; first, they are only one component in the storage solution, and second, there has to be intelligence for them to be used optimally.
SocNets May Boost Insecurity
A new survey of IT managers shows that heavy use of social networks, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and instant messaging may be strongly correlated to a higher number of security incidents.
Social Networking Growth Grows Business Risks Too
We've said it before but it bears repeating: social networking can be a valuable business tool. Whether or not you use social networks for work, your employees are using them at work, and the risk of data breaches and other security incidents is growing along with their use.
Dark Reading's New Look
Take a close look at today's edition of Dark Reading. Notice anything different? Take a closer look. We think you'll like what you see.
After nearly three years of bringing you the best -- and the scariest -- of security news and information, Dark Reading has undergone a bit of a makeover. The changes we're making aren't drastic, and, as with most new releases, we're not guaranteeing they'll all work perfectly right out of the box. But we
Microsoft Issues Emergency Advisory
Just last week we warned admins and end users alike that they'd better apply the patch released last week in security update MS08-067. Today, Microsoft warned users that exploits that target the vulnerability are circulating in the wild. Hate to say it: Told You So.
Waiting On A Worm
Waiting for the other shoe to drop: That's what I've been doing since last Thursday when Microsoft released the out-of-cycle MS08-067 bulletin and accompanying patches. It's more than a little nerve-wracking knowing that there is this vulnerability in machines within networks that you're responsible for but know that they can't all be patched right now due to various reasons and there is active exploitation of this vu
Economy Declines: Zombies Multiply And Spam Soars!
Even as the economy plummets and economic projections tumble, quarterly threat reports show rapidly rising threats and another outright explosion in spam, according to Secure Computing's quarterly Internet threat report.
Are 'Green' Drives Really Green?
The storage industry is often guilty of jumping on the bandwagon without giving the architecture much thought. We see this in solid state disk, data deduplication, and green drives. Are users really going to see decreased power consumption by deploying green drives? If so, is it going to be worth the effort of replacing your current systems?
Sandboxes and Surfing With Google Chrome
Google designed Chrome to be faster, more stable and most importantly, more secure than other Web browsers. So with these features in mind, Google Chrome was built from scratch to be a Web browser designed for today's web application users. As more businesses venture into the cloud, it's becoming increasingly important that your browser doesn't crash when you're creating reports in Google Docs or when you're video conferencing. In order to prevent crashes, Google Chrome developers sandboxed each
The Root of Online Evils
What if you could boil all of the Internet's problems down to a few original issues -- what would you do with that information? Would it even be useful? What if it might help predict future Internet-shaking issues? I was at a malware conference last week, and I heard two interesting tidbits about the origins of some of the more social issues we currently face.
The first is the concept of spam. Spam as a concept is actually accredited to Montgomery Ward. That's right, you can blame them --
NAS Clusters, How Should You Couple?
A split decision surrounds the use of tightly coupled or loosely coupled solutions. There aren't enough implemented cases yet available to make a determination on the best approach; the deployments that have been made aren't stretching either method to the point a real determination can be made.
Click Frauding Botnets On The Rise
Around 16 percent of all advertising clicks were fraudulent over the last three months, according to industry watch-firm Click Forensics. That's about the same percentage as the last two quarters -- but an upclick in the number of fraudclicks coming from botnets indicates that things may be changing.
Microsoft's Emergency Patch
I've received a number of e-mails, and held a few conversations, today with admins upset with Microsoft's atypical out-of-cycle patch. Newsflash: This was the right thing for the company to do.
Microsoft Releases Critical Out-Of-Band Update
Because of the seriousness of a remote code execution vulnerability recently discovered in the Windows Server Service, Microsoft has released a fix outside of its normal "Patch Tuesday."