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Promisec Endpoint Manager: So we gotta cope with BYOD... Help!

The explosion of internet-connected gadgets, sensors and other devices that underpins the "internet of things" concept makes my head hurt. When combined with the completely new security model presented by IPv6, BYOD and cloud computing, automation of endpoint management is rapidly becoming non-optional. I've started taking a …
Trevor Pott, 18 Jul 2013
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Keeping your endpoint data safe: some simple precautions

People are out to get you. Your business, your users, your systems and your data all have value to someone. You could be targeted because you have something that someone specifically wants, or because attackers are hoping to find bank account details or email addresses to spam, or because they want your compute power for a …
Adam Fowler, 21 Oct 2013
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Palo Alto Networks splashes $US200 million on Cyvera

Palo Alto Networks has announced that it's buying Tel Aviv-based Cyvera for $US200 million, including $US88 million in cash. The attraction is the Israeli company's TRAPS (Targeted Remote Attack Prevention System), an endpoint protection system for Windows machines, which PAN will add to its existing firewall and cloud security …
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What you can do to enforce endpoint security

Thirty years after the PC was launched, security and management problems for the endpoint seem to be getting worse rather than better. PCs have become more functional, creating a greater surface area for attack. And the number of endpoint devices has proliferated, as tablets, netbooks and smartphones have entered the fray. The …
Danny Bradbury, 27 Dec 2011

China's web giants unite to defuse Windows XP bombshell

A gaggle of Chinese web firms have come together with a plan to protect Windows XP users in the Middle Kingdom for at least the next two or three years, according to local reports. The unusual step will see messaging giant Tencent, search engine Sogou, software company Kingsoft and several others offer technical support for XP …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Feb 2014

FireEye buys outfit that lifted the lid on Chinese cyber-espionage

Threat prevention firm FireEye has acquired privately held net security firm Mandiant. The cash and shares deal, announced Monday, is valued at around $1bn. Mandiant is best known for its landmark study into the Chinese APT1 hacking crew last year, which exposed the organisation's tactics and evidence of its links to the Chinese …
John Leyden, 03 Jan 2014

OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

Microsoft has fixed a snafu with Windows Defender that took down thousands of business PCs and servers running Windows XP and Server 2003. The software giant responded to sysadmins complaining on TechNet that large numbers of their machines were borked after they’d installed Microsoft’s latest set of antivirus definitions. Once …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2014

Microsoft offers 'free' backup for Azure users with the cloud fear

EVault has promised a year’s worth of cloud backup and disaster recovery services to biz customers who take out an Azure Enterprise agreement with Microsoft. The two firms inked the agreement for EVault to provide the service last week. It's actually a fairly natural fit for users who might be a little unnerved by recent …
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2013
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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

Microsoft has capitulated to the legions of users who are still running Windows XP once again, by extending support for its antimalware software for the aging OS into 2015. In the past, Redmond has warned that it would discontinue support for Microsoft Security Essentials, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2014

Firewall-floggers in FLAMING MESS: Where'd our mystery margin go?

If you work in the fields of technology distribution, services and resale, you'll surely hear about cloud, mobile, social and virtual more than anything else. However, it is the changing patterns in security spending that are perhaps most dramatically re-shaping our businesses. Gone are the good old days of pushing traditional …

Don't lose control of those fast-breeding endpoints

So you want to know about security? Well you have come to the right place. I have been here for a while and I can tell you that outside these gates it’s full of cowboys, sharks and pirates, none of whom will hesitate to take what is yours and call it their own. The above is is a quote from a brochure I wrote in an attempt to …
Aaron Milne, 22 Oct 2013

Amazon seeds cloud with apps that flow to streams

Amazon Web Services (AWS') big day it ats re:Invent cloud shindig in fabulous Las Vegas may have been headlined by its disruptive entry into the desktop virtualisation market, but the company also announced a new tributary to its cloudy river in the form of the new AppStream service. Here's how it works. You build and app and …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013
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Kaspersky's Security for Virtualization pushed to XenServer and HyperV

Kaspersky is extending its Security for Virtualuzation Light Agent security tool to the Citrix XenServer and Microsoft HyperV platforms. The company said that the Light Agent tool will launch on April 22 with XenServer and HyperV support as well as new options for VMware's vSphere hypervisor. The company will continue to …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2014
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Symantec BACKS OUT of Backup Exec.cloud

Symantec's resellers have reportedly been given notice to stop providing annual subscriptions to Backup Exec.cloud by 6 January. Backup Exec.cloud lets small and medium businesses store backups in a Symantec remote vault (the cloud) or on-site and in the cloud. Customers have been told they can use the service until one year …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013

Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

The advent of the Heartbleed Open SSL vulnerability has enterprise software development teams scrambling to figure out if they have a problem, and the news is not always good. Vulture South has ploughed through the recently updated list of the world's top 10 software vendors. Here's how each fares. Microsoft is chilling out …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014

FireEye enters crowded IPS market

Late last week, FireEye took something of a plunge, throwing its hat into the ring of the crowded intrusion prevention system (IPS) market, with a beta of software that adds IPS capability to its virtualised MVX environment. With the IPS to be made available as a license add-on for the company's NX network threat prevention …
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MIT boffins give computers control to clock faster TCP

A group of MIT researchers has unveiled a machine learning approach to TCP congestion which could form the foundation of the next round of improvements to the venerable protocol's performance. Dubbed “Remy”, their TCP control software is based on the idea that even sophisticated modern congestion control algorithms (like …

Microsoft's security apps still trip up on Windows 8

German independent security firm AV-Test has released evaluations of security software for Windows 8 for the first time, and – not entirely surprisingly – it once again found Microsoft's own products were among the weaker performers. The firm tested its usual batch of 25 antivirus products for consumers, plus eight aimed at …
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2013

Symantec to offload Altiris: report

Almost six years to the day since announcing it would acquire infrastructure management outfit Altiris for a cool $US830m, Symantec is said to be offloading the company. The Wall Street Journal reports “people familiar with the process” Symantec is willing to offload the products it acquired for less than the purchase price. …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2013

They've taken my storage hostage ... now what?

There's an encrypting ransomware Trojan making the rounds called Cryptolocker. I will save the details on my battle with this beastie for later*, but suffice it to say that if this encrypts your stuff you are done. There is no getting your data back unless you have backups or pay the ransom. Let's set aside the ultra-well …
Trevor Pott, 24 Oct 2013
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Your nicked iPad now likelier than ever to show up in Mongolia

The number of laptops and tablets stolen in one country and recovered in another is on the rise. Absolute Software's second annual Endpoint Security Report records that stolen kit that had not been nicked locally had been recovered in an additional eight countries as far afield as Mongolia, Gambia, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. In the …
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2013
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Druva: We can do a mixture of anything you can do

Mobile, desktop and notebook backup startup Druva has dropped file sharing into its product mix and reckons it's distanced itself from pure-play endpoint backup vendors and file sync 'n' share players. Druva was founded in 2008 and says its software is used to protect more than a million endpoints - desktop and notebook PCs, and …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2012
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How to stop intruders without knocking out the workers

For a sysadmin, fighting malware feels like an uphill battle that you are never going to win. Security software vendors are in a constant catch-up game, trying to create definitions to protect their customers from the latest round of malware. Sysadmins have the tough job of using their various security software and devices, …

Amazon spits out offline DynamoDB tester

Amazon has released a tool to let developers test apps that use the DynamoDB API, and to do so offline. The DynamoDB Local test tool was announced by Amazon on Thursday, and gives devs access to a client-side database that supports the complete DynamoDB API, but doesn't manipulate any tables or data in DynamoDB itself." The …
Jack Clark, 13 Sep 2013

Symantec: We've lopped off half our heads, but look how well we're doing now

Storage and security software behemoth Symantec reported increased revenues but profits down in its first fiscal 2014 quarter, as CEO Steve Bennett's companywide reorg made some progress. Symantec's new strategy of focusing the sales firehose on service providers looks like it's beginning to pay off. First quarter fiscal 2014 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2013

Symantec's 'Hamlet' becomes 'Endpoint Protection'

Symantec is cracking open the lid today on a gumbo of acquired security technologies which will replace its current business security software, Symantec AntiVirus. Endpoint Protection 11.0, formally code-named Hamlet, has entered public beta for users curious to get a whiff of Symantec's latest concoction, expected to be ready …
Austin Modine, 13 Jun 2007
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Antivirus update broke our interwebs, howl Win XP users

Thousands of Windows XP users were blocked from accessing the internet this week after they applied a misfiring antivirus update from Kaspersky Lab. The issue affected both consumer and business versions of Windows XP. Vista or Windows 7 users were untouched by the snafu. Even so, Kaspersky's support forums quickly filled up …
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2013
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Citrix soothes frustrated Mac fanbois with Windows VDI tech

Citrix has started the new year with a product to help admins manage Windows desktops on errant Macs, tightening competition between the virtualization company and Parallels and VMware. The "DesktopPlayer" product was announced by Citrix on Thursday and sees the company allow admins to deliver policy-laden Windows images to …
Jack Clark, 09 Jan 2014
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A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

Heavyweights of the cryptographic world have lined up behind a campaign against proposed US wiretapping laws that could require IT vendors to place new backdoors in digital communications services. Technical details are vague at present, but the planned law could mandate putting wiretap capabilities in endpoints to cover …
John Leyden, 21 May 2013

NASA's nuclear Mars tank REBELS against human control

NASA's famous nuclear-powered, raygun-armed Mars rover Curiosity has broken free of human control and made up its own mind where to drive across the rusty plains of our neighbour world, according to boffins at the space agency who were formerly in charge of it. Mars rover Curiosity route. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech No, I WILL NOT …
Lewis Page, 29 Aug 2013

I've just seen 10% of the PC biz disappear into the cloud

The days of the desktop computer look to be numbered. According to IDC, worldwide shipments of desktop systems fell 10 per cent in 2013, the biggest decline in the platform's history. IDC also predicts that for the first time tablets will outsell laptops and in fact the entire PC market by 2015. To borrow IDC’s terminology, …
Philippe Fossé, 24 Jan 2014

MS brandishes 'Katana' HTTP/2.0 server

Microsoft has gone public with a prototype HTTP/2.0 server. The server is designed to implement the version 4 HTTP/2.0 implementable draft published by the IETF earlier in July. The idea, according to IETF HTTPBIS chair Mark Nottingham, is that progressive implementations of HTTP/2.0 will feed back into the standard. “We're …
The Register breaking news

Today's antivirus apps ARE 'worse at slaying hidden threats'

The effectiveness of antivirus products has declined, according to tests by German testing outfit AV-Test.org. AV-Test put 25 antivirus products for home users and eight corporate endpoint protection software applications through their paces in November and December 2012. Only an average of 92 per cent of the zero-day attacks …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2013

A Tapestry of network complexity

Forget drawing network maps or sending your network management software on an epic tour of auto-discovery: a group getting ready to launch an open-source “network complexity scoring” tool says it's all about the endpoint. Infoblox, part of the Flowforwarding.org SDN (software defined networking) community, is prepping the ground …
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Big Blue beats path to Australia's north-west

Big Blue, which over the last year has been talent scouting a number of Australian regions via its Smarter Cities program, is to build a data centre in the remote Western Australian town of Geraldton. Geraldton has found itself becoming something of a surprise high-tech hub over recent years, partly courtesy of its proximity to …

Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

A misfiring antivirus update from Kaspersky Lab "effectively levelled several networks" last months including systems at Britain's NHS, The Register has learned. A Kaspersky update released on 25 October falsely classified a Windows system file, specifically tcpip.sys, as malign and quarantined it. The procedure left Windows PCs …
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2013

BlackBerry BES: Hey, biz bod, fancy an upgrade on that RIM job... for FREE?

BlackBerry’s Annus horribilis, which has seen the company bombed out of the consumer market has an upside for enterprise users. So keen is the company formerly known as RIM to get its installed BES 5 base onto its new, BYOD-friendly BES 10, it has waived the upgrade fees. Customers who already have a BlackBerry support contract …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2013

Java updates too much of a bother? Maybe online banking's just not for you

Security researchers have spotted a surge in attacks against online banking customers, thanks to a new strain of Java-exploiting Trojan Caphaw (aka Shylock). Over the last month or so the malware has targeted customers in at least 24 financial institutions, including Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank, First Direct, Santander …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2013

Symantec update killed biz PCs in three-way software prang

Symantec has apologised after an update to its security software sparked repeated crashes on enterprise Windows XP machines. The antivirus giant withdrew the misfiring definition update, issued on 11 July, hours after problems first appeared, releasing a revised update the next day. No new issues have been reported since this …
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2012

Symantec: Don't blame us for New York Times hack

Symantec has taken the unusual step of commenting on a story about a customer, issuing a robust statement denying its anti-virus products were to blame for sophisticated targeted attack on the New York Times. The Gray Lady revealed yesterday that it had been persistently attacked for four months by China-based cyber insurgents. …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Feb 2013
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AWS peers into soul of Load Balancers for DNS failover

Amazon Web Services now lets users apply automated DNS failover policies to data fronted by load balancers rather than just IPs. As El Reg predicted, Amazon has now added Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) failover to Route 53 just three months after launching a new auto-redirect feature. This means Amazon's "dead man switch" failover …
Jack Clark, 31 May 2013

Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

Contrary to increasingly popular belief, Microsoft is not a “dead” company, nor at immediate risk of collapse. I do, however, believe that Microsoft’s “Windows on the endpoint” monopoly days have passed, that Microsoft’s senior management are aware of this and are actively taking steps to compensate. Similarly, I believe that …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2013
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Symantec Endpoint Security throws out error bugs

Symantec is working on a patch for a bug that generates errors in corporate security protection updates. Workarounds designed to quell the message storm are available but a more comprehensive fix is still in testing. The glitch in the Symantec's LiveUpdate package has left sysadmins managing Symantec Endpoint Protection coping …
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2008
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Didn't have time to ask about it in our security Regcast? No problem

Our Regcast Security: Knowing what you don't know - and what you can do about it (on demand version here) brought together Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro, and Freeform Dynamics' Tony Lock, chief security nagging officer of the analyst community. They gave us a fascinating insight into how the security landscape has changed …
Tim Phillips, 11 Apr 2014
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Sysadmins: Let's perch on Microsoft Santa's lap, show him our wish list

Griping is easy. Solving problems in an acceptable way is not. I've had a year to chew on what exactly it is about Microsoft's recent moves that bugs me, so it's time to put my money where my mouth is and try to be constructive. Here is my wish list for the next iteration of Windows, offered in the vain hope that someone at …
Trevor Pott, 19 Mar 2013

Finally, a use for Microsoft Azure: Storing Seagate biz backups

Seagate's online backup service EVault will use the Microsoft Azure cloud as its back-end data vault. According to the Redmond software giant, Azure is good for storing bytes as well as crunching computational tasks. Seagate's EVault Endpoint Protection (EVault EP) product promises cloud-connected backups and data security for …
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2012

Devs angrily dismiss Absolute Computrace rootkit accusation

Developers have denied accusations that their Computrace anti-theft software poses a remote wipe risk for the computers the program is designed to protect. However security researchers at Kaspersky Lab are standing by their warning that Absolute Software's Computrace anti-theft technology poses a hidden threat that might be …
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2014

Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR

As consumers become ever-more attached to their gadgets - variously glued to PCs and tablets, and, after-hours, laptops, game consoles and mobiles – the gigantic digital businesses are competing with each other to capture and monopolise users' screen time on internet-connected devices. And all of the contenders are using many …
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2013

Vulns, exploits, hacks: Trusteer touts tech to terminate troubles

Trusteer is expanding from its speciality of providing transaction protection security to financial institutions with an enterprise-level product designed to guard against zero-day exploits and social engineering. Unpatched application vulnerabilities in widely deployed endpoint applications (such as web browsers) can be given …
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2013
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VMware plans courseware on smartmobes for Asian sysadmins

VMware is working on courseware designed to download to and run on mobile phones, as a way of ensuring sysadmins in developing nations can get their hands on the knowledge they need to build virtualised data centres without having to acquire a ruinously expensive PC or leave the bandwidth-poor communities in which they live. …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Sep 2013