Years ago information security or cybersecurity was in the hands of specialists, which set the rules and the users had to follow â€“ in theory. Whether the users really followed the rules, policies and recommendations is a different story but it worked that way. I rarely remember a CIO/CFO or CEO really being interested in…Details
One of the challenges customers always have is, how to select the right cloud partner and fairly often security drives this selection. The Cloud Security Alliance published the Cloud Controls Matrix quite a while ago and in addition a Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire and a lot of request for information/proposal are based on this material.…Details
I know that I keep going and going on that. When I talk to customers and mainly to providers of the critical infrastructure about security, one of the key things to me is to keep the software updated. It is about patching and it is about staying on the latest version of your software. To…Details
This has nothing to do with security nor with technology â€“ but it is worth (in my opinion) 20 minutes of your time! Recently a friend of mine told me to read Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins. Well, I said kind of â€œyeah, yeahâ€ but downloaded…Details
This was an interesting article on cio.com: Apple, Oracle, Google Lead Major Vendors with Software Vulnerabilities in Q1, Security Report Says â€“ by TrendMicro. Now, these stats are always a bit a challenge: They make a really good headline but if the statistics does not include the severity of the vulnerabilities, it is hard to…Details
I am following Shoaibâ€™s blog since quite a while â€“ actually due to the beauty of the Internet, we only met virtually so far . He just posted on his blog: 5 Common Types of Security Professionals I really like this post. The way he categorizes them is: The NO-MASTER The By-The-Book Preacher The Dinosaur…Details
When people look at attackers, they always think that they are extremely smart people. There are really smart people building the kits but the ones applying it? Well, you just need the right guidance:
Fairly easy, isnâ€™t it?
Bring Your Own Device or Consumerization of IT are fairly hot themes in a lot of customer organizations. When I talk to customers, there are typically different reactions, once we bring this up. Some tell us, that it is not part of their strategy; some tell us that they plan to do it but that…Details
A few days ago, Windows Defender Offline was released. This is basically the tool to use, if you are unable to remove malware from a running PC. To quote the website: Sometimes, malicious and other potentially unwanted software, including rootkits, try to install themselves on your PC. This can happen when you connect to the…Details
I guess, I do not have to comment this â€“ right? What Microsoft can teach Apple about security response To quote the summary: Microsoft just released seven security updates to fix 23 vulnerabilities in Windows and other products. In February, Apple released a massive update that covered 51 vulnerabilities and also introduced an embarrassing security…Details
Last October I blogged about EMETâ€“Protection Against Zero-Days â€“ a really great tool to protect your environment. We just released a new version, which can be downloaded here: Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit v3.0. Before you test it, make sure you have your Bitlocker recovery key ready (or â€“ before the next reboot, suspend Bitlocker and…Details
What about using Bitlocker???? Laptop lost with data for more than 2,000 patients, Boston Childrenâ€™s reports
One such incident probably pays your Windows 7 migration project â€“ no?
Yesterday we all had a very long day: We hosted the EU Cybersecurity and Digital Crimes Forum in Brussels. At lot of government elites from all across Europe attended and were part of very intense discussions. It was obvious that people really are serious about cyber-whatever and that actions are being taken. I think that…Details
In the meantime I guess that most of us agreed that Consumerization of IT or Bring Your Own Device or how ever you want to call this will become a reality â€“ probably rather sooner than later. In the meantime our team in France published a few papers/guides, which are definitely worth looking at: I…Details
When I was talking to governments about Flame a few weeks ago, they typically told me that they do not see a lot but that they are heavily concerned about SpyEye and other banking trojans. It is now reflected in this article:
A very good video from Sophos on DNSChanger:
One of the most prevalent threats we are currently seeing in a lot of countries is SypEye. The Microsoft Malware Protection Center just published a report providing an overview of the malware: This Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) Threat Report provides an overview of the Win32/EyeStye (a.k.a. SpyEye) family of malware. The report examines the…Details
This would really be outstanding!! Swiss scientists develop algorithm to sniff out the source of malware and spam attacks
Especially if it can be used by the police to get them!
As you know, I rarely blog about Security Advisories or updates but this time, I want to make sure that you saw that: We released the Microsoft Security Advisory (2661254) – Update For Minimum Certificate Key Length to make you aware of the fact that we will restrict usage of all certificates with RSA keys…Details
Yesterday I blogged about the Security Advisory â€“ Update For Minimum Certificate Key Length. I would like to take the opportunity to give some more information on it. The reaction on the advisory is interesting so far. Some customers expect mainly older applications to run into a problem. Others tell us that they mandated 2k…Details