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 Keith Ferrell

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Articles by Keith Ferrell
posted in May 2009

Obama Cybersecurity Plan: What's In It For SMBs?

New cyberczar (though no names yet), management from the top, calls for more coordinated cybersecurity efforts, privacy protection -- same old same old, or does the unveiling of the Obama administration's cybersecurity plan promise real changes in the government's approach to scuring cyberspace. More importantly, what's in the plan for small and midsized businesses?

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Spam Surge: 9 Out Of 10 E-mails Can't Be Good!

90% of all email was spam last month, according to Symantec's MessageLabs Intelligence Report, just released. The figure is up more than 5% in the last month. Good news, I guess, is that things can't get much more than 10% worse from here.

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Summer Security: Don't Put Backups In The Trunk

Temperatures are starting to rise outside -- and when they do, you can bet they're rising even faster in trunks and locked cars. Which are two of the places you should never put media you're transporting. And according to a data recovery specialist, they're also two of the most common locations for media in transit -- and two of the most common sources of data damage.

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20 SMB Security Products Worth A Look

Take a few minutes this holiday weekend -- always assuming there's such a thing as holiday weekends for small and midsized businesses -- and check out twenty of the hottest and most budget-savvy (rarely the same thing) new security products.

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Watch Your Website Even As You Watch Out For Others

Businesses rightly spend much time and effort seeking to protect their employees from malicious Web sites and the havoc those sites can wreak. A new report reminds us not to neglect vulnerabilities on our own sites, 60% of which contain the sorts of vulnerabilities the malware makers love to exploit.

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Hidden Botnet Costs Hit SMBs Hard

While the obvious risks of bots to your business and its data -- harvesting of names, keylog sniffers seeking sensitive data -- rightly receive the most attention, compromised systems carry other risks that can exact a heavy business price. Server capacity, bandwidth and even power consumption are hidden parts of the bot equation.

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Pirated Windows 7 Holds Trojan: P2Pers Beware!

A copy of Windows 7 leaked before today's Release Candidate code availability from Microsoft contains a trojan. Yet even with Windows 7 available from Microsoft's site, odds are that malware-bearing torrent copies will continue to circulate. Make sure your employees steer clear.

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Security Outsourcing: The Right Move For SMBs?

Making The Security Outsourcing Decision, a detailed and thorough report just out from our colleagues at Dark Reading, takes a hard look at what may be most important IT decision your company faces: Should you turn your security needs over to an outside company?

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Privilege Escalation vulnerability in McAfee Total Protection (MTP) prior to 16.0.32 allows a local user to gain elevated privileges by impersonating a client token which could lead to the bypassing of MTP self-defense.
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