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posted in January 2010

Operating In An Insecure World

1/22/2010
I've heard of the idea of operating day-to-day with the assumption that your organization is already compromised, and I just saw it reiterated in the Tenable Security Blog, but I think it's a tough one to swallow for most organizations. There has to be some level of trust within an organization, otherwise, how could you get any business done. But as tough as it is to accept, there is value in taking this approach.

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User Security After The Google Hack

1/20/2010
Last week's news about the Google hack has really raised some eyebrows. Doe-eyed users have learned the harsh truth that anyone can be hacked. The news of 20 or more other companies also being targeted along with Google made the impact that much worse.

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The Inconvenient Truth Behind Security

1/11/2010
A co-worker forwarded me an e-mail in which the original sender was asking about running vulnerability scans on his own and stated he was concerned about the scans causing downtime while the servers were being tested.

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When PDFs And Flash Files Attack

1/8/2010
It's getting harder to protect our users from threats coming at them from seemingly trusted places. The Websites they've been using for years are suddenly the source of attacks through malicious advertisements being pushed to the "trusted" site by a third-party advertising service. File format attacks against Adobe's Flash and Acrobat are becoming the exploit du jour for attackers.

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Detecting DNS Hijacks Via Network Monitoring

1/6/2010
Last year saw a slew of different DNS attacks. The most recent incident was the hijacking of Twitter's DNS records to redirect to a Website stating, "This site has been hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army." Though the impact to a company's public image can be large, DNS redirection attacks have the potential to be even more devastating than a tarnished image.

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