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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 April 2009

Cloud Security Needs Its Rainmaker

4/29/2009
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) made its inaugural splash at last week's RSA Security Conference 2009 in San Francisco. The group kicked off an ambitious white paper that attempts to define everything from the architecture of cloud services to the impact of cloud services on litigation and encryption. It was a herculean effort to try to get this off the ground. And there is still much more work to do -- especially in the one area the group left out.

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Federal Reserve IT Analyst Arrest Highlights Internal Threat

4/28/2009
I've always had a pick with the trite and hackneyed marketing hype among IT security vendors who repeated the "insiders conduct the most attacks," or "Insiders are the greatest risk." This most recent arrest stokes the debate that was rekindled with the recent release of Verizon Business' 2009 Data Breach Investigations Report.

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Just Because Security Budget Takes A Hit, Doesn't Mean Security Has To

4/28/2009
At last week's RSA Conference in San Francisco, there was as much talk about the economy as there was on IT security. And while the show appeared to pull a healthy number of attendees, at times the show floor seemed filled with more vendor reps and consultants, than IT buyers. But a few studies released last week show while vendor's may like to hype fear, the infosec economy certainly isn't all gloom and doom.

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Social Networks A New Security Frontline

4/23/2009
USA Today ran an interesting story about how cybercriminals are using social media in greater numbers to attack users. What started as a trickle last year has quickly sprung to an open fire hydrant, as criminals turn to low-paid grunts to crack captchas.

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NSA Does Not Want To Lead U.S. Cybersecurity Efforts. This Is Good News

4/21/2009
Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander told a packed security audience here at the RSA Conference 2009 that the National Security Agency wants to help support the nation's critical IT security infrastructure efforts as part of a "team" effort. And that the NSA isn't interesting in the job of running the security of the critical IT security infrastructure.

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Get Ready To Patch

4/13/2009
Organizations need to prep for a pretty significant set of patches that are scheduled to be rolling out from Redmond tomorrow. It's the most security patch updates from Microsoft in nearly six months.

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Black Hat Europe: Interesting InfoSec Research Ahead (Be Afraid)

4/11/2009
I always enjoy the Black Hat sessions. The conference leans much more on the technical side of things, more so than the humungous brochure-fest known as RSA. Black Hat Europe is next week April 14th through 17th. And while I won't be able to (unfortunately) attend, there's a number of sessions I wouldn't miss if I was able to hope a flight to Amsterdam.

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