Cyber Security Institute

Friday, December 12, 2008

Study: One-Quarter Of Antivirus Apps Aren’t Working

More than one-quarter of business PCs are running antivirus software that has been disabled or was never properly installed, according to a study that will be published on Monday.  Promisec, a company that makes endpoint management tools, conducted the study on 100,000 PCs to prove a point: that antivirus management consoles from leading vendors are not accurately reporting when their software isn’t working.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bit9 Identifies ‘The Dirty Dozen’ - 2008’s Most Popular Applications With Critical Security Vulnerab

Bit9, Inc., the pioneer and leader in Enterprise Application Whitelisting, unveiled its annual ranking of popular consumer applications with known security vulnerabilities.  Often running outside of the IT department’s knowledge or control, these applications can be difficult to detect; they create data leakage risk in endpoints that are otherwise secure; and cause compliance breaches that can result in costly fines.  The list this year expanded to include 12 applications, up from 10 last year, due to the increase in vulnerabilities and the popularity of applications such as Skype and Yahoo!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

10 Faces of Fraud: The Greatest Risks to Banks in 2009

From Hannaford Brothers to Countrywide, this year has been full of stories of criminal activity on the Internet, with hackers and phishers wreaking havoc on computer systems and consumers, causing credit and debit fraud numbers to soar.  What does next year hold for fraud against financial institutions?  Here are 10 of the new and old ways criminals will be looking to commit fraud in 2009.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Report: IT, Security Departments Not Seeing Eye To Eye On Threats To The Business

A new report underscores a major disconnect between IT and security groups when it comes to what most threatens their organizations.  The Ponemon Institute’s 2008 Security Mega Trends Survey, which was commissioned by Lumension, reveals just how far apart IT departments and security groups are when it comes to what they perceive as the biggest threats to their data today and in the next 12 to 24 months.  While outsourcing risks are at the top of IT managers’ worries, data breaches and cybercrime are the biggest worries for security.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Coalition to Secure DNS Takes Shape

It will take some time, but the Domain Name Service (DNS) is on its way to be secured around the world with DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions).  A new industry consortium called the DNSSEC Industry Coalition has been formed to expedite the implementation of DNSSEC and in so doing will help to secure the Internet itself for over a billion users.

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