Firefox 4 Beta 12 release

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So far the latest beta version is working well in early testing Firefox 4 Beta 12 released http://isc.sans.edu/diary/Firefox+4+Beta+12+released/10459 Firefox 4 Beta 12 – Release Notes https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/4.0b12/releasenotes/ QUOTE: For those of you who would like to contribute to the future of Firefox, while not quite ready for final release, Firefox 4 Beta 12 is considered “stable […]

Hello world!

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Microsoft Technet Blogs – The Servicing Guy

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An Excellent resource for early Windows 7 SP1 issues: Microsoft Technet Blogs – The Servicing Guy http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/ QUOTE: Tips and tricks from a Windows support engineer on issues related to servicing

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 released

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Windows 7 SP1 is now available and should install properly in most cases.  However, the “Early Issues” link below is beneficial to review and adjust settings as applicable to avoid potential issues Windows 7 Service Pack 1 HOME http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff817622(WS.10).aspx Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for IT Professionals http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349342(WS.10).aspx Internet Storm Center – Early issues http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=10453 QUOTE: Right now, […]

Browser Security – Up to 80% may need one or more patches

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While Windows Update or Firefox’s automatic update systems help keep browsers patched, there are components within that often need patching.  Keeping Adobe Flash and JAVA patched are also important security safeguards. Browser Security – Up to 80% may need one or more patches http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/researcher-at-rsa-80-percent-of.html http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9209958/Bulk_of_browsers_found_to_be_at_risk_of_attack QUOTE: Wolfgang Kandeck, CEO of Qualys, said during a presentation […]

Solid State Drives – Difficult to erase deleted data

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Just as it’s difficult to completely erase data from a hard drive, it’s even more difficult for some of the newest solid state storage devices.  There are some military grade programs that will erase the contents of a hard drive (changing everything to binary zeroes).  These should be used for disposal or equipment resale purposes. Solid State […]

Zeus Malware containing forged Ariva certificate circulating

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Digital Certificates should only be loaded from trusted sources as they are sometimes used in advanced malware attacks Malware Digitally Signed With Fake Certificate http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2011/02/malware_digitally_signed_with.php http://techblog.avira.com/2011/02/21/malware-signed-with-fake-avira-certificate/en/ QUOTE: German security software company Avira has uncovered a malware sample digitally signed with a fake certificate listing them as the signer. The certificate is issued to Avira GmbH […]

Sarbanes-Oxley – How to assess Company Level Controls

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An excellent article outlining SOX 404 compliancy testing and controls Sarbanes-Oxley – How to assess Company Level Controls www.journalofaccountancy.com/Issues/2005/Jun/AssessingCompanyLevelControls QUOTE:  What are company-level controls? How do CPAs go about evaluating their effectiveness? As the compliance deadline for section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act approaches for some companies, many have yet to face a critical hurdle: […]

Federal Hacking Incident – Some Lessons Learned

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Below are a great list of best practices to help corporations mitigate outside hacking attacks. Federal Hacking Incident – Some Lessons Learned http://isc.sans.edu/diary/HBGary+hack+lessons+learned/10438 QUOTE: Unless you’ve been living under a stone for last couple of weeks, you will have heard about the HBGary Federal hack. Seeing everything published about this probably makes every security professional think […]

RSA 2011 – Signature Based Anti-Virus may not be effective

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Malware continues to use highly polymorphic attacks, so that each new wave becomes a unique variant within the malware family. AV pattern recognition techniques alone may not detect early waves (usually a 30% coverage ratio of day one),   However, signature based AV may be more useful for cleanup and restoration actions.  Heuristic or behavioral based AV products can help improve […]


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