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Stories by Ellen Messmer

IT execs at RSA extol virtues of cloud computing, with familiar caveats

Deciding to move enterprise data into cloud-computing environments is still a decision fraught with anxiety over security, as well as operational and legal issues, say IT managers, but the prospect of cost savings and ability to "burst" data into the cloud during peak periods is proving irresistible.

Written by Ellen Messmer18 Feb. 11 07:55

McAfee, Intel subsidiary Wind River join forces to head off future Stuxnet-like attacks

McAfee, which will soon be an Intel subsidiary, and Wind River, which already is one, Wednesday announced they are hardening the security of industrial commercial operating systems supplied by Wind River to makers of products such as automated teller machines, medical devices, TV set-top boxes and cameras.

Written by Ellen Messmer17 Feb. 11 07:34

Vendors race to protect data in cloud security services

At the RSA Conference today, two industry titans laid out what appear to be competing efforts to build an array of <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/security.html">security</a> controls for cloud-based service providers.

Written by Ellen Messmer16 Feb. 11 08:35

Identity theft down but cost skyrockets

Identity theft related to credit and debit cards dropped by 28 per cent in 2010 over 2009 -- but the out-of-pocket cost to victimized consumers rose by 68 per cent.

Written by Ellen Messmer09 Feb. 11 05:53

Can 'encrypted blobs' help with secure cloud computing?

Can cloud-based computing be made more secure in the future using what crypto geeks call "fully homomorphic encryption" to send data as "encrypted blobs" that can be understood and subject to processing without having to actually de-crypt them first to see the plaintext?

Written by Ellen Messmer05 Feb. 11 08:27

Stuxnet could have caused "new Chernobyl," Russian ambassador says

The Stuxnet worm attack known to have struck computers at the Russian-built Iranian Bushehr nuclear plant in Iran has serious implications and could have caused "another Chernobyl," a Russian ambassador is said to have advised NATO yesterday, according to a Reuters report.

Written by Ellen Messmer28 Jan. 11 06:40

Appliance automates malware detection

Security firm NetWitness today announced Spectrum, an appliance for enabling automated malware analysis that works in conjunction with the company's traffic-analysis gear used to spot threats and policy violations.

Written by Ellen Messmer25 Jan. 11 06:20

Mobile device makers react differently to attack info, researcher says

ARLINGTON, Va. --When a researcher at an ethical-hacking firm discovered mobile devices from Apple, Google, RIM and HTC had a flaw in them that would allow an attacker using malicious Web code to freeze them up and crash them, he contacted the companies last year. While RIM decided the problem needed to be patched in its BlackBerry devices and Apple worked on its iPhone and iPad, Google and HTC reportedly shrugged off the information that TEHTRI-Security supplied.

Written by Ellen Messmer20 Jan. 11 02:59

Fake GSM base station trick targets iPhones

While his Black Hat DC Conference demonstration was not flawless, a University of Luxembourg student on Wednesday did show that it's possible to trick iPhone users into joining a fake GSM network.

Written by Ellen Messmer20 Jan. 11 08:29

Symantec unveils backup and storage appliances

Symantec today introduced its NetBackup and FileStore appliances with an eye toward offering customers choices in whether they want to mix and match software- and hardware-based backup and storage products according to business needs.

Written by Ellen Messmer17 Jan. 11 18:05

Survey on PCI: How it's impacting network security

A survey of 500 information technology professionals with responsibility to assure compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standard shows just over half find it "burdensome but necessary" in their organizations and about a third see it impacting their virtualized network environments in particular in the future.

Written by Ellen Messmer13 Jan. 11 02:12

Sourcefire acquires Immunet for cloud-based anti-malware

Sourcefire today announced it has acquired start-up Immunet for $21 million, including $17 million paid at closing and $4 million expected to be paid over the next 18 months upon “achievement of product-delivery milestones related to the enterprise version of Immunet’s product.”

Written by Ellen Messmer06 Jan. 11 11:28

Spam volumes drop as Rustock, other botnets go quiet

The infamous Rustock botnet, responsible for almost half of all spam sent last year through its command-and-control system exploiting over a million compromised PCs, has suddenly slowed to a crawl, Symantec said today, noting the unexplained event has led to a substantial drop in spam.

Written by Ellen Messmer06 Jan. 11 09:31
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