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Don't take hacks personally; bots don't care who you are

Businesses need to avoid thinking that they will be attacked less because they are small or too niche to bother with, according to one security expert and author who is quick to point out that most hacks are impersonal and directed by automated systems trawling the Web for valuable information and vulnerable systems.

David Braue | 20 Jul | Read more

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Reviews

USB Secure Flash Drive Product Review

A vast majority of today’s workforce use USB memory sticks, they offer unequalled convenience for transferring data. In most situations, if the data is not confidential, a standard USB stick quite acceptable, but what do you use if your data is sensitive?

Enex Testlab | 24 Aug | Read more

WatchGuard XCS770R Email Security Appliance Review

In order to improve productivity and minimise risk, most organisations need a reliable method of protecting their employees from unwanted email (spam) and malicious software (malware). In addition, it is also necessary to protect the corporate network by restricting access to inappropriate content.

Enex Testlab | 22 Jun | Read more

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Slideshows

In Pictures: CSO's Identity Driven Access Management Round Table

It's the centenary of the commencement of World War One. Back then, there were borders to protect. The soldiers knew who they were fighting and there were very few incursions where one side crossed a border undetected. Today's battles are different. The bad guys are stealing the good guys’ passwords and identities to get access to whatever they want. And they often wait weeks or even months before revealing their true objectives.

Abigail Swabey | 22 Oct | Read more

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Does DevOps hurt or help security?

There is a firmly held concern in security circles that the automation associated with DevOps moves too swiftly, that security teams and their tests can't keep up, that too many of the metrics measured focus on production, availability, and compliance checkboxes, and as a result, security falls to the wayside.

George V. Hulme | 01 May | Read more

NEWS FEATURE: Debate rages over how to manage personal mobile devices used for work

Increasingly, businesses accept the idea that employees should be able to <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2011/072711-andreas.html?hpg1=bn">use their personal mobile devices</a>, such as <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2010/061510-smartphone-history.html">smartphones</a> and tablets, for work. But debate is raging as to whether these employee-owned devices should be <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/061511-smartphones-tablets-security.html">managed and secured</a> exactly as corporate-owned devices might be.

Ellen Messmer | 28 Jul | Read more

5 open source security projects to watch

Data security is always top of mind for CIOs and CSOs, and there is no shortage of challenges when it comes to picking the right tool for the job. With network and software vulnerabilities growing at a perpetual rate, good security software can help defend against many of the large-scale threats that occur locally and from all over the Internet. In this edition of 5 open source things to watch, we take a look at security products that will guard against threats without robbing your kitty.

Rodney Gedda | 20 Jan | Read more

5 'Great' Open-source Desktop Security Applications

Contributions from free and open software makers can be found throughout the tech world. From your datacenter to the desktop and everywhere in between; there's an open solution to your computing needs. This is no less true in information security. My focus in this article is the several outstanding information security desktop tools that personify the innovation and ingenuity of the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) world. Please keep in mind that all of these applications (except one) are cross-platform so you can find appropriate versions on whatever you run (BSD, Mac OSX, Linux or Windows). The examples herein, however, will be catered to the largest install base (statistically): Microsoft Windows.

Joseph Guarino | 01 Apr | Read more

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Tutorials

Ten tips to secure client VPNs

If you have given your trusted employees and key contractors remote access to your network via a client virtual private network (VPN), congratulations! By now, you have seen the productivity and cost benefits from allowing collaboration that surmounts geographical separation.

Martin Heller | 03 Oct | Read more

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Opinions

5 reasons why using a VDC (Virtual Data Centre) can improve your organisations Physical and Logical Security

A Virtual Data Centre (VDC) is a collection of cloud infrastructure which provides a wide range of benefits integrated into the heart of your IT infrastructure.&nbsp;&nbsp; With these benefits come various security and compliance implications. However, if configured correctly, a VDC can actually improve an organisations physical and logical security levels in the following ways

Gerardo Altman | 19 May | Read more

Active Online Security Measures for Business

Australian businesses are under constant threat from criminals that utilise the inherent features of infrastructure and systems connected to digital networks—and the rate of cyber-attacks is increasing, according to a recent report from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).

Mark Gregory, RMIT | 27 Apr | Read more

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