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Archive for November, 2010

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Linux Proliferation Raises Security & Compliance Alerts

The Linux Foundation recently conducted a survey of Linux users who represent the largest enterprise companies and government agencies. The survey found that Linux is poised for growth in the coming years, with 76.4 percent of companies planning to add more Linux servers in the next year.

Post by Peter McCalister November 16, 2010
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Ping, Twitter, Social Media & Admin Privileges

The other day Twitter introduced some new features that integrates with Apple’s Ping to help users share music through Twitter, which sparked some renewed conversation about social media in the workplace.

Post by Peter McCalister November 15, 2010

Virtualization Security Roundup

There have been some great articles, data, surveys and analyst reports over the last few weeks on virtualization security and I wanted to share and consolidate some of those here. Jon Brodkin of Network World on how “most virtualized workloads are being deployed insecurely” but they don’t have to be. He speaks to hypervisor vulnerabilities…

Post by Peter McCalister November 12, 2010

Too Many Regulatory Standards, Only One Tool Please

About every two years, I indulge myself with a new laptop. This time, I waited almost three years and will be retiring my old Dell XPS M1330 for a new Alienware M15x. I wanted raw horsepower for virtual machines in a laptop format and was not as concerned about battery life (since I carry an…

Post by Morey Haber November 12, 2010
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What’s New in PCI DSS 2.0?

On October 28, 2010, the PCI Security Standards Council unveiled version 2.0 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). PCI DSS has not had an update since version 1.2 in October 2008. The recent “Summary of Changes” document released by the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) covers the proposed changes in version…

Post by Peter McCalister November 11, 2010

Misuse of Privilege Soap Box

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Post by Peter McCalister November 10, 2010

Microsoft Patch Tuesday – November 2010

Finally a reprieve from the barrage of Microsoft Patches. This month, Microsoft only released 3 security bulletins, patching a total of 11 vulnerabilities. Good news for IT server admins, as the patches only affected Microsoft Office and Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway. This means that most of you won’t need to reboot your servers this…

Post by Chris Silva November 10, 2010

Top 10 Reasons To Implement Least Privilege on Windows Desktops

In the spirit of keeping blog posts informative, short and fun, this one takes a cue from David Letterman in format.

Post by Peter McCalister November 9, 2010

The 6 Things You Should Know Before Migrating to Windows 7

Microsoft has done a great deal of exceptional work in improving Windows 7 from its predecessor, Windows Vista.

Post by Peter McCalister November 8, 2010

5 Things You Should Know About Microsoft AppLocker

Microsoft AppLocker has also been touted as the next best thing in desktop security (in addition to UAC) but does it really satisfy all you need in order to ensure security, compliance and productivity?

Post by Peter McCalister November 5, 2010