'Net Parrot Effect
Iran. You remember the place? Before several celebrities died in the past week, Iran's election aftermath gripped national attention. The more I found out about the election situation, the demonstrations, and the crackdown, the more I felt as if I were reading a political thriller. That's when the ugly side of our hyper-connected society reared its ugly head.
Social Networks Make Great Phishing Holes (And The Crooks Know It!)
The overwhelming popularity of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks -- as well as the nature of their members' trust in them and their content -- is proving to be bonanza for phishers. So much so that social networking scams increased a stunning 241% between early 2008 and this year.
China Delays 'Green Dam' Mandate
China has pushed back its deadline requiring all PCs sold in the country to include Web filtering software known as Green Dam. No new deadline has been set.
5 Web Replacements For Traditional Tech Tools
New Web-based technology options like Box.net and Basecamp can help you get the job done quicker, easier, and less expensively. You've got nothing to lose but your resistance to change.
Don't Let Legacy Media Foil Your Forensic Investigation
When performing incident response and forensics on a compromised system, the focus of analysis is on the most immediately available and relevant sources of evidence. Volatile data collected from a running system, the hard drive, network flow data, and logs collected on a central server all serve as useful sources for determining the particulars of the incidents. But what about incidents that go back further, requiring you to dig into backup tapes -- and potentially very old ones?
Maximizing Block I/O Dollars With Thin Provisioning
Getting the most out of every storage dollar is critical in this economy and as we discussed in our last entry, viable options for optimizing file based primary storage are available now but as of yet solutions that can compress and deduplicate block I/O storage are not yet readily available. But all is not lost, there are things you can do to lower your primary storage block I/O costs.
Botnet Alert: 90% Of Email Now Spam
Nine out of ten e-mails are now spam, according to the latest Symantec/MessageLabs Intelligence Report. And more than 83% of that spam is generated by botnets, relatively unaffected by large shutdowns of spam servers.
Mobile Security: IT Pros Anything But Secure With Mobile Devices
Do as they say, not as they do might be a good description of the practices of IT professionals when it comes to mobile devices. A new survey from Credant shows that IT Professionals are not much better than anyone else when it comes to using a password to protect data stored on phones or other mobile devices.
Maximizing The Storage Budget - Capacity Optimization
In this economy, maximizing what you have and cost justifying what you need now becomes a much sought-after skill. The IT budget and the storage budget along with it are not growing in many organizations and I often hear that the budget is the same but they are not allowed to spend right now, which is worse than the budget being cut. Regardless spendable IT dollars are a precious commodity.
Could The Cloud Lead To An Even Bigger 9/11?
Late last week I attended an event sponsored by IBM/Lotus and Technology Review. A very credible "End of the U.S." doomsday scenario tied to the public cloud was outlined that I believe warrants further thought.
Forewarned Is Forearmed, Right?
Next-gen Web apps and virtualization are two topics much on the collective mind of CIOs and line-of-business leaders. Of course, they're seeing dollar signs from slick eye-candy RIAs and cramming 20 VMs on each physical server. Security? Meh.
Microsoft Puts Limits On Free Antivirus Downloads!
Microsoft's free antivirus and security suite, Microsoft Security Essentials, releases today, sort of. Incredibly, while millions of users have anticipated the release, only 75,000 downloads will be permitted.
Inside China's Spam Crisis
Approximately 70% of all domains used in spam since the beginning of 2009 have a Chinese top-level domain.
Make Storage Strategic
How does your organization look at storage in the data center? Is it something you have to live with or is it something that can increase the organization's revenue or improve customer satisfaction? How do you make storage strategic to your organization?
Free Microsoft Antivirus, Security Suite Arrives Tomorrow
Tuesday is the day for release of the free public beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft's security and anti-virus suite. The price is certainly right. Question is, will the program change the security landscape? Bigger questions is whether or not it provides the security your business needs.
Decommissioned Storage Justifies Encryption
There are many reasons to justify storage encryption; tapes falling off the back of a truck on the way to a vault for disaster recovery purposes is one, but when it comes to disk encryption not many have made the effort to encrypt disk based data. While that disk array is in your environment it should be relatively secure, except from internal threats, but what about when you decommission a storage array?
DNSSEC Showing More Signs Of Progress
The Domain Name System (DNS) security protocol is finally making inroads on the Internet infrastructure front, but big hurdles remain for widespread, smooth adoption
Data Leakage Through Nontraditional Networks
Securing our company's data is our job. We build up layers of defense to protect it when it is housed within our corporate network and corporate computer systems. Firewalls, VPNs, encryption, and data leakage prevention all help in some way to protect the data that we don't want anyone else to have. Sometimes, however, we are stuck in the situation where we don't control the network or systems that portions of our data ends up on.