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  • Six free network vulnerability scanners

    Vulnerability scanners can help you automate security auditing and can play a crucial part in your IT security. They can scan your network and websites for up to thousands of different security risks, producing a prioritised list of those you should patch, describe the vulnerabilities, and give steps on how to remediate them. Some can even automate the patching process.

  • Michael Dell: On SDNs and networking for the masses

    Dell is synonymous with home and business PCs, and data center servers. Yet Dell also has an ambitious software-defined networking activity underway called the Open Networking Initiative, where it partners with SDN software companies like Cumulus Networks and Big Switch Networks to bundle operating systems and applications on Dell switches.

  • Is rapid detection the new prevention?

    There's a trend underway in the information security field to shift from a prevention mentality--in which organisations try to make the perimeter impenetrable and avoid breaches--to a focus on rapid detection, where they can quickly identify and mitigate threats.

  • With worker retirements looming, IT starts to prepare for a workforce exodus

    With 10,000 U.S. baby boomers turning 65 every day until 2030, the IT industry is among those that must plan how its workforce will be impacted when these employees eventually retire.

  • Why software-defined security is essential in a virtualised environment

    Virtualisation is widely accepted to be the most effective way to improve efficiency and reduce running costs in the data centre. But the issues of security and compliance within a virtualised environment continue to make many enterprise IT managers nervous about the technology.

  • 12 personal security resolutions for 2013

    Among your typical New Year's resolutions - lose weight, stop smoking, be happier - you should consider making some pledges to better secure your digital life. You might even be healthier if you can prevent the stress of a digital disaster, like malware wiping out your PC, having your online accounts hacked, or becoming a victim of identify theft because of a phishing scam or data theft. With that in mind, here are some security resolutions you should consider for the new year.

  • Want a security pro? Get politically incorrect and understand geek culture

    While complaints can be heard far and wide that it's hard to find the right IT security experts to defend the nation's cyberspace, the real problem in hiring security professionals is the roadblocks put up by lawyers and human resources personnel and a complete lack of understanding of geek culture, says security consultant Winn Schwartau.

  • Cloud business benefits seen in engineering, retail, media and logistics

    The business benefits of sourcing platforms, infrastructure or applications via internet-based public services or private enterprise services have been much hyped over recent years. Dubbed cloud computing public and private cloud computing is a major topic in enterprise technology at present. However, there can be no doubt adoption of both types of cloud services has reached the corporate mainstream.

  • How cybercriminals and hacktivists use DDoS tools to attack

    Network professionals know that distributed denial-of-service attacks are an ever-growing danger. The recent assault on Twitter is just the latest evidence. Using a mushrooming array of advanced tools, including pay-per-use services and mobile devices, attackers are taking down websites, DNS and email servers, often using these tools to destroy a company's online revenue, customer service and brand reputation. But the technology is only half the story. The thinking that shapes attacks ? an evolving blend of careful planning, probing and improvisation?is often the difference between duds and strikes that leave victims begging for mercy.

  • Google Bouncer beaten at Black Hat 2012

    Google implemented its Bouncer technology in February for Google Play (formerly Android Market) to check apps submitted by Android developers for any traces of malicious code. This week at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas, security firm Trustwave explained how it's possible to circumvent the Google Bouncer security check.





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