Stories by Ashton Mills

Secure web services

By Ashton Mills | 21 July, 2014 11:54

If there's one thing the Snowden leaks have shown us, it's that security and privacy are largely an illusion. Yet, it's still possible to make it harder not just for criminals and hackers but also questionable government agencies with the right tools. Unfortunately, one of the key programs we all use to interface with the net is also the one of the primary vectors of attack -- the humble web browser.

Review: Drive imaging software

By Ashton Mills | 15 May, 2014 16:46

Drive imaging is one of those essential tools that is simple in principle yet can be complex in implementation.

Review: Security firewall distributions

By Ashton Mills | 20 February, 2014 13:49

Firewalls underpin the security of any network, controlling the flow of data in and out. Where once they were simple in premise and execution, today they are just one component of a collection of services to monitor, track, limit and sometimes alter data to ensure the security of a network.

Endpoint Security Products: Part 1

By Ashton Mills | 21 October, 2013 09:00

In a sphere that changes as rapidly as security, it's no surprise that 'endpoint' as a definition is fluid. It is so new a sphere in the IT arsenal that not even the players who field endpoint products can agree on where the borders begin and end -- though naturally it encompasses their own core competency.

WatchGuard XTM 2520

By Ashton Mills | 28 August, 2013 14:16

If, as we are often led to believe, colour really is an indication of speed then the WatchGuard XTM 2520 would have to be the fastest hardware firewall solution on the planet. Or at least, in the rack.

Review: Linux Security Distributions

By Ashton Mills | 21 June, 2013 13:39

Where once Linux was relegated to long-bearded gurus sitting atop servers bathed in a the dull glow of fluorescent lighting, today it's much more hip and found in one form or another in most enterprises, even on the desktop, not to mention that it underpins the net as we know it today.

LANDesk Total User Management 9.5 Review

By Ashton Mills | 29 May, 2013 20:59 | 1 Comment

LANDesk’s foray into system, asset and user management is the latest version of its Total User Management suite, which we’ll affectionately call TUM.

Review: Mobile Device Management

By Ashton Mills | 20 May, 2013 13:36

With the rise of mobile computing -- first via laptops, then smartphones and now tablets -- the IT landscape changed within the enterprise. No more was IT just about the local network, WANs and security for desktops and servers: it now had to incorporate mobile devices, spanning all manner of manufacturers, operating systems, and platforms and to do so without compromising security. The sheer volume of devices and the different software they run is a natural antithesis to network security. Yet, these devices are integral to the way business works today, and so the IT department must adapt.

Review: Mobile Security

By Ashton Mills | 31 January, 2013 08:23 | 1 Comment

With mobile devices now ubiquitous in the workplace, you need to have some level of protection in place. Ashton Mills investigates.

Review: File Recovery Tools

By Ashton Mills | 28 November, 2012 13:35

We've previously covered a range of tools to securely delete data, but what if you want to recover data? Perhaps you want to make sure a secure deletion works as intended, or restore data written over on a portable USB, or perhaps you've been tasked with recovering critical business data on the boss’s hard drive before tomorrow's important meeting.

Review: Secure Flash Drives

By Ashton Mills | 13 September, 2012 09:00

USB flash drives are the modern floppy, albeit considerably larger and faster. They make our lives easy for taking data on the road, sharing with colleagues over sneakernet, and given their rapidly increasing size even acting as backup devices. They're also darn handy for installing software from ISO images.

Storing in the cloud securely: 30 services compared

By Ashton Mills | 20 June, 2012 14:04 | 10 Comments

In perhaps the most comprehensive roundup on the net, we take a look at cloud storage services for personal and business use from the perspective of the CIO: what they offer, what's important and what to look for.

Learning from Evolve.Cloud

By Ashton Mills | 04 May, 2012 17:11

Dave Asprey, VP Cloud Security at Trend Micro, talked at length about the changing landscape of mobile devices and the integration of consumer-based products into the workplace. Inevitably, he said, new consumer technology spreads to the office, where it can become a challenge for IT, particularly in relation to security.

Protecting your data: Cloud Security Alliance

By Ashton Mills | 04 May, 2012 09:59 | 4 Comments

At the Evolve.CLOUD conference in Sydney CSO sat down with Archie Reed, CTO Strategic Enterprise Services APAC and Japan for HP, to talk about the Cloud Security Alliance for which Reed is also a member. He outlined the global organisation's goals for standardising security in the cloud, education and certification, and what it means for companies looking to or making a transition to the cloud.

Is it time for the cloud?

By Ashton Mills | 03 May, 2012 13:04

Speaking at the Evolve.Cloud conference in Sydney, Vice President and Principal Analyst APAC at Forrester Research Group, Michael Barnes, explained how even if the cloud wasn't part of a company's IT, it will be in the near future, adding that the market is undergoing "unprecedented change" and companies will need to adapt.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.