Panda Software’s consumer product Platinum Internet Security 2005 has recently obtained the Trojan Checkmark
certificate from West Coast Labs for protection against Trojans. This certificate for Panda Platinum Internet Security covers the prevention, detection and elimination of these types of threats and comes in addition to those previously received for both detection and disinfection of viruses.
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Eugene Kaspersky, founder of anti-virus firm Kaspersky Labs, speaking at the AusCERT security conference, said he believes Microsoft’s entrance into the anti-virus market will improve internet security, but does not believe Microsoft will be able to dominate the market. A variety of anti-virus solutions makes the Internet safer, argued Kaspersky: if all houses were guarded by one type of lock, thieves could break into any house. Microsoft has acquired three companies in order to develop an anti-virus product. Microsoft anti-malware leader Jason Garms has confirmed that Microsoft is working on such a product, but gave few details.
NOTE: It is currently not believed that this issue can be exploited for code execution purposes, but this cannot be ruled out completely.
The weakness has been confirmed on a fully patched system with Internet Explorer 6.0 and Microsoft Windows XP SP2.
Solution: Disable Active Scripting except for trusted sites.
Gervase Markham blogged his thoughts on a “future” and “possible” function of browsers to act like anti-phishing tool e.g. Netcraft toolbar
With Netcraft toolbar (anti-phishing tool which is available to Firefox and IE browsers), user will report a suspected phished site. Once verified by Netcraft’s central server as phishing site, it will be added in the database. The next time the user or other users will visit the phished site, it is blocked. The reporter just saved the community from fraudsters. IMHO, reporting is always useful. Report suspected spyware, trojans, worms and virus to security vendors.
G. Markham wrote:
Then, older browsers which had not been upgraded, but which were blocking sites from a list including that feed, would still have some amount of protection from attack. As soon as it had been reported by one user using a new browser, all users using older versions would be vaccinated against attack from that site.“
Windows 2000 moves into Extended Support after June 30th
There are two important events that will happen to the support policy for Windows 2000 after June 30th of this year.
First, support for both IE 5.01 SP3 and IE 6 SP1 on Windows 2000 SP3 will expire. Users running IE 5.01 or IE 6 SP1 on Windows 2000 should upgrade to Windows 2000 SP4 in order to continue to receive security updates.
Second, Windows 2000 SP4 moves from mainstream to extended support.
Read more in http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/05/27/422721.aspx
Many American online computer users are unaware that choice of browser affects Internet security, and few switch browsers even when they know the risk, a Norwegian study said Monday.
The Oslo-based browser-maker Opera Software ASA, which touts its own browser as being one of the most secure, released a survey of 2,835 online users in the United States, which indicated that only 51 percent of what it called the “adult online population” were aware that the type of browser can affect a computer’s vulnerability to malicious software, such as viruses and spyware.
The poll, first released to The Associated Press, also showed that only 11 percent of those asked said they had switched browsers for security reasons. The survey was conducted in March 25-29 by the Harris Interactive polling group and had a margin of error of about 5 percentage points.
Read more in http://www.islandpacket.com/24hour/technology/story/2438002p-10746474c.html
Start Time: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 9:00 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End Time: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 10:00 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Recommended Audience: IT Professional
Governance is a critical element of effective information security programs. It can occur at multiple levels on focused tasks or initiatives, or it can be more broadly applied as part of an enterprise security strategy. In this webcast, Microsoft security director Pete Boden discusses approaches to information security governance. He will show how shared goals, metrics and visibility across business units improves linkage to the business, demonstrates business value, and ensures focus on the right priorities.
Presenter: Pete boden, Microsoft IT Director Information Security, Microsoft Corporation
Start Time: Monday, June 13, 2005 9:00 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End Time: Monday, June 13, 2005 10:30 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Recommended Audience: IT Professional
When establishing security for your network, you must take risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, and implementation of security countermeasures into consideration. The Security Risk Management Guide, designed by Microsoft, can help your organization establish the ongoing process of security risk management. This 90-minute webcast presents a qualitative approach to risk management, incorporating best practices from the industry as well as those learned and formulated by the Microsoft internal IT Group.
Presenter: Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
Start Time: Thursday, June 09, 2005 10:00 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End Time: Thursday, June 09, 2005 11:00 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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