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 Keith Ferrell

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posted in June 2009

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.

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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.

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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.

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New Company Targets Web-Based Malware And Blacklists

Dasient, a security startup started up by former Google engineers, among others, is targeting malware that has your Web sites targeted, as well as monitoring your sites for their presence on blacklists. That last, as any business that's been blacklisted can attest, can be deadly.

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Twitter Security Flaws: One A Day For A Month!

Twitter may be taking the world by tweetstorm (or it may be doomed) but one security researcher says that the social network carries a mess of vulnerabilities. A month's worth, in fact, and he intends to prove it, once a day, this July.

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IT Snooping: Too Much Ado About Something?

There's been a lot of buzz lately about internal threats, and like most buzz, some of it's on-target. But some of it seems designed to make us paranoid about our employees -- to what end? Do we need to distrust everyone on our IT staffs and, by implication, everyone in our companies? And where does that get us?

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Trend Micro Tightens Defenses Against SMB Data Leaks

The latest version of Trend Micro's data loss protection (DLP) package, LeakProof 5.0, comes in two flavors: one for monitoring users and confidential data, the other covering those elements, but also providing tools for protecting intellectual property as well as confidential information.

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Disaster Recovery: Location, Location, Location

A comment from a reader offers a reminder that effective disaster recovery planning -- and successful DR in the event of disaster -- requires more than just IT and personnel planning. You have to know where those resources are going to be able to work.

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Accidental Data Leaks Are Still Data Leaks

The inadvertent posting of sensitive U.S. nuclear information by the G.P.O. is a reminder to all of us that a) accidents happen and b) accidents involving digital copies of confidential information happen all too easily.

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Danger! Search Engines At Work!

Some search terms and categories are more dangerous than others, and likelier to lead to malware according to a new report from McAfee. Among the most dangerous current category and term? Lyrics, of all things.

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