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 George V. Hulme

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An award winning writer and journalist, for more than 20 years George Hulme has written about business, technology, and IT security topics. He currently freelances for a wide range of publications, and is security blogger at InformationWeek.com.
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posted in December 2008

Cloud Computing Security: What About It?

12/29/2008
I'm always trolling the Web for insight into the latest technology trends, and how these trends could impact both how we use technology and how it may change how we secure our data. During my pursuit for knowledge, I'll often run into bone-headed comments and blogs, and when I do, for the most part, I just shrug them off. Today's experience isn't one of those times.

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Quick Take: Check Point Frees Nokia To Be Nokia

12/22/2008
To IT security industry watchers, the move announced today that Check Point Software Technologies is acquiring Nokia's security business is no shocker. And perhaps it will enable Check Point to start doing what it should have been doing all along: innovating more.

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Has Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Got Us Anywhere?

12/19/2008
As we noted earlier this week, Microsoft learned of a vulnerability in IE 7 on "Patch Tuesday," Dec. 9, and had a fix published for download eight days later. Now, Microsoft's Michael Howard, from the security engineering team, takes an interesting look at the lessons learned.

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Internet Explorer XML Flaw Attacks Heat Up

12/14/2008
At first, we thought the XML exploits targeting the flaws discussed in Microsoft Security Advisory 961051 affected only Internet Explorer 7. However, many more versions of IE are affected, and exploits are moving in the wild.

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Secure USB Drive Comes To OS X

12/4/2008
There are plenty of USB thumb drives with native encryption, such as IronKey, available -- if you're a PC user. Today, SanDisk announced its secure USB flash drive that supports OS X. It's about time.

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Significant Attack Hits DoD Computers

12/1/2008
Most attacks against Department of Defense systems that we hear about amount to minor attacks on unclassified systems. And while the DoD's network is hammered on 24/7, most of those probes don't get anywhere. Apparently, this attack did.

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