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Is fragmentation killing Android in the enterprise?

Android may rule consumer smartphone shipments, but it’s getting trounced in the enterprise. So is Google’s new enterprise mobile security plan up to the task of raising Android's measly share of the enterprise? The answer may lie in the diversity of "the enterprise".

Liam Tung | 27 Feb | Read more

Shadow IT threat lingers as ANZ businesses drag feet on cloud moves

Less than 1 in 4 Australian and New Zealand businesses is in the advanced stages of planning their cloud rollout – yet with nearly half of CEOs and board members supporting the paradigm and 60 percent of respondents reporting security issues, the other organisation are not free from problems related to the cloud, a Red Hat customer survey has found.

David Braue | 26 Feb | Read more

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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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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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Features

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

Do you know the “Three Cs” of web app security?

We live in an application world. From shopping to communicating with friends, reading the news, following our favourite sports teams to listening to music – we do it through apps. With so many interactions and transactions now taking place via apps, maintaining security is becoming a big concern.

Matt Miller | 20 Feb | Read more

App Security- the great unspoken

There is no shortage of conversation around enterprise security. In light of some recent, high-profile hacking incidents, everyone’s talking about the importance of securing networks, data and devices in avoiding a worst case scenario of confidential customer or organisational information or IP being compromised. Interestingly, these conversations often neglect one vital component- the applications that operate on these systems and how their own vulnerabilities can bring down an organisations’ entire security strategy.

Mav Turner | 20 Feb | Read more

The Real Security Gap: Users

With security breaches set to become more commonplace, enterprise IT teams have to be more vigilant and find new ways of combating these attacks. Cyberattacks on Australian companies, such as the recent hacking on major travel insurance company Aussie Travel Cover, have left many organisations feeling vulnerable.

Travis Greene | 18 Feb | Read more

Integrated Threat Defence: Joining Forces to Defend Against Cyber Attacks

Today’s security landscape is constantly changing. Attackers are becoming more sophisticated and nimble, leading to new threats and attacks evolving every day. Tailor-made, stealthy threats now routinely evade traditional, point-in-time security defences by using multiple attack vectors. Further, advanced attacks use whatever unprotected paths exist - often blending paths - to compromise targets. Cyber criminals continue to go to great lengths to remain undetected, using technologies and methods that result in nearly imperceptible Indications of Compromise (IoCs). At the same time, the attack surface is increasing because modern networks are evolving, extending beyond traditional walls to include public and private data centres, endpoints, virtual machines, mobile devices, and the cloud.

Anthony Stitt | 18 Feb | Read more

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