Zone Labs(R) Inc., the most trusted provider of endpoint security solutions, today announced that SC Magazine has selected two Zone Labs solutions as finalists in the eighth annual SC Magazine Global Awards 2004. Zone Labs Integrity(TM) is a finalist in the Best Enterprise Security Solution category and ZoneAlarm(R) Pro is a finalist in the Best Small Office/ Home Office Security Solution category.
The Best Enterprise Security Solution and Best Small Office/ Home Office Security Solution categories are voted on by the SC Awards Council, made up of 100 senior information technology professionals around the world who understand the security challenges of large organizations, as well as small businesses, and recognize the potential cost for major disasters arising from security breaches.
The winners of the Judges’ Awards, along with the Reader Trust and Principal Award categories, will be announced on April 27 at the SC Magazine Awards Ceremony and gala dinner held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, in London. For more information on the awards program or to see a full list of the finalists, visit www.scawards.com.
WinAudit is a software program that performs an exhaustive audit of the hardware and software configuration of your computer. The audit report contains details on installed software, license information, peripherals, memory usage, processor model, network settings etc. You can view the audit report on screen as well as save it in text, web page, XML and spreadsheet formats.
WinAudit v1.2.3 now supports ODBC databases and command line functionality.
Cool because it’s free from http://www.pxserver.com/WinAudit.htm
Sunbelt Software’s ‘Save Our Schools from Spam’ program provides strong server-side spam protection software at deep discount
Nearly 140 kindergarten, elementary, high school and higher educational institutions have adopted iHateSpam for Exchange environments to combat unwanted e-mail through the “Save our Schools from Spam” program since its inception in May 2003, Sunbelt Software announced today. For close to a year, Sunbelt has been offering the Microsoft Exchange version of iHateSpam at a deep discount, to provide educational institutions with an effective, low-cost anti-spam solution.
Schools that have purchased iHateSpam Server through the “Save Our Schools from Spam” discount program include Cornell University, Vanderbilt University,
DePaul University, University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of Florida and Michigan State University. K-12 institutions include Hudson Falls, New York School District, Anchorage Christian Schools, Dayton City School, Guilford County Schools, and Bullhead City, Arizona School System.
Somewhat embarrassingly for Taiwan’s education system, a phishing email aimed at customers of US Bank operaties via a script which appears to be on a computer at the Taiwan Ministry of Education Computer Center in Taipei.
Signature-Based Anti-Virus Solutions Must Be Complimented With Behavior-Based Solutions to Adequately Protect Against New Virus and Worm Outbreaks
Finjan Software, the leading provider of proactive content security and management solutions for global companies, today announced that a recently published IDC report affirms the need for organizations to implement proactive security solutions to compliment traditional signature-based anti-virus software to adequately defend against new virus, worm and malicious code attacks.
According to the report, author Brian Burke, research manager for security products at IDC states, “The speed with which new worms and malicious code are spreading has caused the effectiveness of traditional signature-based
antivirus solutions to suffer. The recent onslaught of viruses and worms such as Blaster, Nachi, and SoBig not only highlights the importance of keeping security solutions up to date, it also shines a spotlight on the growing need for more proactive security products and services.”
A self-styled security expert and serial self-promoter, Adrian Lamo made headlines as a grayhat hacker. Then the Gray Lady came down on his head.
Not long ago Adrian Lamo was exploring an abandoned gypsum processing plant in West Philadelphia with two friends, when a police cruiser drove slowly by. Lamo’s friends were high on methamphetamines, and at the sight of the cops they urged him to run. Instead, Lamo stood still, and as he did, he heard a strange rasping sound. Peering down a nearby sewer grate, Lamo found the source: a kitten, meowed to hoarseness, scrambling around on a pile of trash.
As popularity of Linux grows, company predicts increasing attempts to create malicious programs that will attack it.
Bliss, Lindose, Ramen, Slapper, Staog, Typot: If these viruses and worms don’t sound familiar to you, it’s probably for two reasons. One, they aren’t widespread. Second, they only affect Linux machines.
Today, security experts estimate there are anywhere from 50 to a few hundred Linux viruses and worms in existence. Despite the low numbers, it’s still important to safeguard Linux machines against not only getting Linux viruses, but acting as a carrier for Windows viruses and worms.
To help, F-Secure announced its F-Secure Anti-Virus for Samba Servers, which will automatically detect, clean, and remove viruses—both Linux and Windows—from Samba file servers. F-Secure already offers similar software for Linux workstations, servers, and gateways.
Improve the security and architecture of an AD infrastructure
In Windows Server 2003, Microsoft introduces a new feature called Global Catalog (GC)-less logon (also known as universal group caching). What’s this feature and how does it benefit the security and architecture of an Active Directory (AD) infrastructure?
Universal group caching lets Windows 2003 domain controllers (DCs) cache a user’s universal group memberships in the msDS-Cached-Membership attribute of an AD user account object. You can use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Sites and Services snap-in to define and configure site objects and their properties. To enable universal group caching, open the snap-in, select a site object, then open the site object’s NTDS Site Settings Properties dialog box, as Figure 1 shows, and select the Enable Universal Group Membership Caching check box.
This new feature benefits both the security and architecture of an AD infrastructure in branch office AD deployments. It lets administrators take advantage of universal groups for easier forestwide resource access control management. At the same time, it eliminates the need to deploy GC servers to every branch office site, which reduces the volume of data that you must replicate between AD instances.
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The following list summarizes potential benefits for caching universal group memberships in branch office locations:
- Faster logon times since authenticating domain controllers no longer need to access a global catalog to obtain universal group membership information.
- No need to upgrade hardware of existing domain controllers to handle the extra system requirements necessary for hosting a global catalog.
- Minimized network bandwidth usage since a domain controller will not have to handle replication for all of the objects located in the forest.
According to Nasscom (Natioanl Association of Software and Service Companies), demand for information security specialists will grow in the Indian information technology sector from 18,000 in 2004 to 77,000 in 2008. Worldwide demand will rise from 60,000 to 188,000. As demand is increasing, so is scarcity; the United States will have a shortage between 25,000 and 50,000 professionals. Less than 10,000 professionals will have working security knowledge, leading to a global shortage of 100,000. Companies are beginning to realize the importance of security to defend business operations, increasing demand for professionals from $8 billion in 2001 to $23.6 billion by 2006.