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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 February 2010

Adobe, Mozilla Users At Risk To Remote Code Execution Flaws

2/20/2010
Software maker Adobe Systems has certainly had its share of vulnerabilities recently. This week a security researcher added to the company's pain when he announced a vulnerability in Adobe Download Manager that allows remote attacks. Mozilla Firefox users are also at-risk to attacks against an unpatched flaw in that browser.

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Is It Time For Software Liability?

2/16/2010
MITRE and the SANS Institute, along with more than 30 U.S. and international cyber security organizations, released today an updated list of the 25 most dangerous programming mistakes. Software acquisition contract language, designed to protect software buyers from being held liable for faulty code, was also made available.

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CISOs Help Deliver A Better Business

2/13/2010
Most organizations with Chief Information Security Officers that function independently from, but work closely with IT operations, experience less data loss, less business downtime, and also ease some of the pain associated with regulatory audits. Oh yeah: they also help deliver higher revenue, profit, and retain customers.

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Blackberry Users Vulnerable to Applications That Spy

2/10/2010
In early December news broke about a security researcher who developed Spyphone, an application that uses the public iPhone API to grab data from other iPhone applications. This week a security researcher demonstrated a similar application that snoops on the Blackberry.

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National Cyber Security: Are We Focused On The Right Stuff?

2/6/2010
With major cyber-security initiatives by the Department of Homeland Security underway, and the U.S. House of Representatives passing nearly $400 million in IT security research, I wonder if the efforts are being placed where they are most needed, and if more would be achieved by focusing on application security - and unleashing the bug finders.

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Anatomy Of A Modern Hack

2/4/2010
In a just released report, IT security firm MANDIANT painfully breaks down the anatomy of the sophisticated threats targeting businesses and western governments. The company says the study is based on seven years of front-lines breach investigation for the public and private sector. It's worth a look.

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