Cyber Security Institute

Friday, February 27, 2009

Japan Cybercrime Grows by 15.5 Percent

Internet security software provider Finjan (http://www.finjan.com) announced on Friday that it has just published the 2008 cybercrime figures from Japan which reveals a 15.5 percent year-on-year annual growth.”  Anecdotal evidence suggests that the volume and value of cybercrime has soared again in 2008 and, with the current economic recession, we fully expect the number of Internet scams, hacks and malware-driven infections to increase even faster in 2009,” says Ben-Itzhak, Finjan Chief Technology Officer.

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PCI council offering “milestones” for compliance

The organization charged with administering the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is trying to give merchants a compliance blueprint.  The Prioritized Approach Tool offers six “milestones” that businesses should try to reach in their pursuit of compliance, said Lib de Veyra, the newly appointed chairman of the PCI Security Standards Council, which manages the guidelines.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Google’s Best practices against hacking

These days, the majority of websites are built around applications to provide good services to their users. In particular, are widely used to create, edit and administrate content. Due to the interactive nature of these systems, where the input of users is fundamental, it’s important to think about security in order to avoid exploits by malicious third parties and to ensure the best user experience.

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Storm Lingers Over Cloud Movement

Everyone is talking about the race toward cloud-based computing, but apparently, most organizations aren’t rushing to embrace the emerging Web-based infrastructure as quickly as they might - based at least in part on concerns over security.  A new study into cloud computing adoption trends published by enterprise IT consultants Avanade and conducted by pollsters at Kelton Research finds that security remains a significant question in the minds of many C-level executives and IT managers.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Gartner: Don’t assume SaaS is cheaper

The analyst firm said that there has been a “great deal of hype” around SaaS and that businesses had misconceptions about its cost.  SaaS is cheaper during its first two years of use, Gartner said, but the total cost of ownership over five years would be lower for on-premises software.  In its report “Fact-Checking: The Five Most-Common SaaS Assumptions,” Gartner also warned that SaaS was not necessarily faster to implement.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Clear Guide on How to Benefit from ISO27001 in a Windows® Environment Now Available

Independent compliance expert IT Governance has today announced the publication of Implementing ISO27001 in a Windows® Environment’ (http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/2207), a step-by-step guide on implementing this major security standard, written with the aim of helping project managers, IT and security staff develop a shared understanding of what controls are appropriate to mitigate identified risks - and how, within the Windows® environment, to apply them.

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SenSage Named Leader in Japanese Market for SIEM and Log Management

Enterprise software leader SenSage, Inc. has earned the top spot in market share for security log management software in Japan, according to a report by Japanese market analysis firm ITR Corporation.  The study of nearly 30 vendors that compete in the security log management market in Japan shows SenSage with a dominant market share of 30.4 percent, nearly twice that of the nearest competitor.  ITR cited SenSage’s network of distribution and reseller partners and overall product quality as key differentiators in the marketplace.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Number of reported cyber incidents jumps

Federal civilian agencies reported three times as many cyber-related incidents in fiscal 2008 as they did in fiscal 2006 to the Homeland Security Department’s office that coordinates defenses and responses to cyberattacks.  The agencies reported to DHS’ United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) a total of 18,050 incidents in fiscal 2008, compared with 12,986 in fiscal 2007 and 5,144 in fiscal 2006, according to DHS officials.  Overall, the total number of incidents reported to US-CERT from commercial, foreign, private, and federal, state and local government sectors rose from 24,097 in fiscal 2006 to 72,065 in fiscal 2008.

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Number of reported cyber incidents jumps

Federal civilian agencies reported three times as many cyber-related incidents in fiscal 2008 as they did in fiscal 2006 to the Homeland Security Department’s office that coordinates defenses and responses to cyberattacks.  The agencies reported to DHS’ United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) a total of 18,050 incidents in fiscal 2008, compared with 12,986 in fiscal 2007 and 5,144 in fiscal 2006, according to DHS officials.  Overall, the total number of incidents reported to US-CERT from commercial, foreign, private, and federal, state and local government sectors rose from 24,097 in fiscal 2006 to 72,065 in fiscal 2008.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Tenable Releases Database Auditing Capability

Tenable Network Security, Inc., the leader in Unified Security Monitoring and creator of the popular and award-winning Nessus(R) vulnerability scanner, today announces a new capability for Nessus users to audit the configuration of many different SQL databases. These checks are only available to Security Center users and ProfessionalFeed subscribers.

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Sunbelt Pioneers New Anti-Virus Technology

US company Sunbelt Software is set to become one of the first anti-virus vendors to embrace a promising but as yet little-used new technique for malware detection known as ‘file emulation’.  Released this week to UK users after a US launch some time ago, the company’s Vipre Enterprise anti-malware client is on the face of it just another program jostling for attention with the admin-friendly claim that it can protect PCs from malware without slaughtering performance.  Known in company jargon as ‘MX-Virtualization’ (MX-V), Vipre effectively creates an emulated Windows PC in a sandbagged area of memory, mimicking API functions such as the Windows registry, file system, and communications interfaces to see what a file is trying to do.

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Playing cricket, 3 miles up

The National Hockey League accomplishes something really special whenever it stages an outdoor hockey game in temperatures so frigid they would emasculate a simian forged from zinc and copper.  Yet as impressive as that may be, there is a cricket team in England that is about to do them one better.  The lads are going to play a cricket match on Mount Everest.

 

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Monday, February 02, 2009

S’pore data protection enforcement needs bite

As it puts together its data protection framework, Singapore can learn from economies such as Hong Kong, such as appointing an official or agency for enforcement, according to a Singapore-based consultant.  Last month, Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts Lee Boon Yang said in Parliament that the work of an inter-ministry committee formed to review Singapore’s data protection regime, is still ongoing.  “We’re currently looking into developing a data protection model that can best address Singapore’s privacy concerns, commercial requirements and national interest,” he said.  As data protection is a complex issue, with extensive impact on all stakeholders, this review will take some time.”

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