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Norton Utilities adds defragmenter tool, other features

Symantec's Norton unit today announced an updated version of its Norton Utilities software, adding a way to defragment and organize files and data that's become scattered across a hard drive, enabling quicker startup, file access and more free disk space.

Written by Ellen Messmer17 Dec. 10 05:25

Startup launching web application firewall service

Imperva Monday announced its spinoff company Incapsula will start providing cloud-based Web application firewall services early next year with a focus on smaller businesses.

Written by Ellen Messmer07 Dec. 10 09:32

Fortinet unveils high-speed security blade for Fortigate-5000 chassis

Fortinet today introduced a high-speed security blade that combines a slew of capabilities -- including firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, identity-based application controls, anti-virus, anti-spam and Web filtering -- and delivers up to 40G bit/sec throughput.

Written by Ellen Messmer01 Dec. 10 02:00

Dell offering first encryption product

Dell Wednesday announced its first endpoint encryption product, along with the possibility of factory installation on certain Dell PCs.

Written by Ellen Messmer18 Nov. 10 05:12

Encryption adoption driven by PCI, fear of cyberattacks

A survey of more than 900 IT managers shows that adoption of encryption in their organizations is being driven by two main factors, anxiety about possible cyberattacks and the need to meet the payment-card industry (PCI) data security standards.

Written by Ellen Messmer17 Nov. 10 03:19

AVG to acquire Android security firm

AVG Technologies Tuesday announced plans to buy out Israel-based start-up DroidSecurity for an undisclosed price by year-end.

Written by Ellen Messmer10 Nov. 10 10:30

Antivirus software didn't help utility with malware attack

When the zero-day attack known as the "Here You Have" virus hit about 500 PCs at the Salt River Project, a large public power utility and water supplier for Arizona, it turned out that the antivirus software in use provided no defense.

Written by Ellen Messmer03 Nov. 10 07:24

Upgraded retail security standard ignores mobile payments

The second version of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) is being released this afternoon by the organization PCI Security Standards Council, which sets the network and security requirements for merchants and service providers handling sensitive cardholder data.

Written by Ellen Messmer29 Oct. 10 02:21

Targeted attacks rise, retail sector under siege

Targeted attacks via fraudulent and dangerous e-mail are on the rise, according to a Symantec report published today. These attacks are typically aimed at corporative executives, to fool them into opening malicious attachments or links so the perpetrators can take control of desktop computers.

Written by Ellen Messmer27 Oct. 10 04:34

Gartner sees 'context-based computing' on the horizon

Being a CIO -- or working for one -- no longer means just keeping a data center and network running. Now the CIO and the IT division must become "entrepreneurial" to drum up new customers for the business and learn how to deploy cutting-edge technologies such as "context-based computing" -- or risk becoming irrelevant.

Written by Ellen Messmer22 Oct. 10 08:12

YouTube, e-discovery software among tech tools for war crime investigators

War crimes -- brutal genocide, mass executions, ethnic cleansing, torture -- have spurred international efforts by the United Nations to investigate and convict those deemed responsible, wherever they have occurred. And according to those involved in prosecuting war crimes in once war-torn places such as the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia and Rwanda, modern technology related to e-discovery and multi-lingual translation is playing a critical role in the ongoing process to find justice for victims.

Written by Ellen Messmer19 Oct. 10 04:24

Cloud computing security skeptics abound

The prospect of data security in cloud computing - particularly public-cloud computing - has security professionals taking a cautious approach.

Written by Ellen Messmer15 Oct. 10 04:06

Cisco launches high-end security appliance

Cisco today announced a multi-function security appliance that combines a firewall with VPN support, plus an intrusion-prevention system (IPS), to reach speeds up to 20 Gbps with 10,000 VPN connections and 350,000 connections per second. Apple posts Cisco’s iPhone AnyConnect iPhone SSLVPN client to the App Store.

Written by Ellen Messmer06 Oct. 10 00:40
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