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IT Security News

August 4, 2010

Trusteer reveals Zeus botnet

by Janet Harris
Trusteer today announced that it has uncovered a large Zeus version 2 botnet being used to conduct financial fraud in the UK which is operated and controlled from Eastern Europe. The botnet appears to be controlling more than 100,000 infected computers, 98% of which are UK Internet users. The criminals have been harvesting all manner of potentially lucrative ...

Imperva grows 55% in Q2

by Janet Harris
Imperva announced today that it achieved 55 percent growth in Q2 2010 over Q2 2009. The company's success is driven by significant success in global growth. “Imperva’s performance in Q2 was impressive. Businesses today recognize that data security is a strategic imperative and that early detection and response to cyber attacks is a critical part of securing your organization,” said Imperva ...

Nationwide adopts BT’s managed security services

by Janet Harris
BT has been awarded a contract by Nationwide, the world’s largest building society, to provide the organisation with managed security services. The five year contract which was signed in June, strengthens BT’s existing relationship with Nationwide, building on an outsourced contract to provide networked IT services that was awarded to BT in 2008. BT will provide Nationwide with a range of services ...

August 2, 2010

InTechnology announces backup storage deal

by Janet Harris
InTechnology’s message to businesses is can you afford to NOT back-up your data? So with this in mind InTechnology are currently offering 100GB of data backup storage free with every 100GB of data stored for the duration of the contract. Issues with traditional backup Many businesses still rely on traditional tape backup solutions which are manual, error-prone, offer poor backup ...

July 30, 2010

Brits too trusting with personal info on Internet

by Janet Harris
Brits trust the internet more than friends and colleagues when it comes to handing over personal information, according to a study published today by data storage specialists NetApp. The research, which polled 3000 adults, revealed that while the average adult freely divulges a string of personal details on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, most would not give ...

July 29, 2010

Bath entrepreneur appointed Internet guardian

by Janet Harris
Holding the keys to the Internet sounds like a plot line from a sci-fi novel, but that is exactly what a businessman from Bath has been asked to do. Paul Kane, the chief executive of internet management company CommunityDNS, is one of seven people chosen to hold a key which will be able to re-boot part of the World Wide ...

Trusteer adds financial malware disinfection to Rapport

by Janet Harris
Trusteer today announced that it has added financial malware disinfection to its Rapport service. In addition to preventing Trojans like Zeus, Silon, Bugat, DBJP and zero day malware from tampering with website communications and transactions, Rapport now removes malicious code that attempts to attack browser sessions. This new capability is being provided at no additional cost to all Rapport customers ...

Google dubbed “King of Malware”

by Janet Harris
Barracuda Networks Inc today released its Barracuda Labs 2010 Midyear Security Report, revealing data from two key areas: search engine malware and Twitter use and crime rate. The company is presenting this data at Security BSides Las Vegas and DefCON 18 this week in Las Vegas. The full report is available at the company’s security research portal at http://barracudalabs.com. ...

July 28, 2010

Trusteer strengthens Rapport protection

by Janet Harris
Trusteer has added financial malware disinfection to its Rapport service. In addition to preventing Trojans like Zeus, Silon, Bugat, DBJP and zero day malware from tampering with website communications and transactions, Rapport now removes malicious code that attempts to attack browser sessions. This new capability is being provided at no additional cost to all Rapport customers and end users. Trusteer ...

July 27, 2010

CREDANT announces strong start to 2010

by Janet Harris
CREDANT Technologies today announced exceptional growth in the first six months of 2010 driven by new partnerships with Dell, LANDesk, and Cisco Systems. Financial highlights for the first half of 2010 include: · 49% increased revenue against the first half of 2009 · ...

July 26, 2010

Imperva launches cybercrime initiative

by Janet Harris
Imperva has announced its hacker intelligence initiative (HII), a research effort focused on providing deeper insight on how cybercriminals conduct large scale cyber attacks as well as shedding light on the evolution of the underground business of cybercrime. Part of Imperva’s Application Defense Center (ADC), the hacker intelligence initiative will investigate the anatomy of attacks as well as key hacking ...

July 23, 2010

Imperva uncovers master hacker

by Janet Harris
Imperva uncovered a new, automated, cloud-based phishing kit. Our Application Defense Center found this kit on a hacker forum. This attack highlights an interesting twist—there’s no honor among thieves. Two master hackers wrote and then posted a phishing kit into hacker forums. The irony is that anyone using this kit becomes an unknowing member of the master hacker’s army. When hackers use this ...

July 21, 2010

Imperva upgrades database activity monitoring for mainframe users

by Janet Harris
Imperva, the leader in data security, announced today it will partner with NEON Enterprise Software to provide best in class database auditing capabilities for DB2 on z/OS. Imperva and NEON will integrate and embed NEON’s proven DB2 auditing technology into Imperva’s Securesphere Data Security Suite. The addition of NEON technology to the Imperva SecureSphere Suite expands Imperva’s existing support for auditing DB2 ...

July 19, 2010

Digiweb chooses Cloudmark messaging security solution

by Janet Harris
Cloudmark, Inc., the global leader in carrier-grade messaging security, today announced that its hosted and managed messaging security solution, CloudFilter™, has been chosen to provide email security for the protection against spam, phishing and viruses to customers of Ireland’s largest hosting provider, Digiweb. The solution will be offered to more than 48,000 web hosting, domain and data centre customers across Ireland. Digiweb ...

July 14, 2010

Facebook and CEOP parnter on Internet safety

by Janet Harris
Young Facebook users across the UK are the focus of a new initiative launched on Monday 12th July by the UK’s national centre for child protection – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre and Facebook. For the first time all Facebook users in the UK –especially those aged between 13 – 18 years – can have direct access to ...

July 13, 2010

John R Weir adopts Bloxx Web filtering

by Janet Harris
Bloxx, the innovator in Web and Email content filtering, today announced that John R Weir Limited is using Bloxx Web filtering to monitor and report on the Web browsing activity of over 230 staff split over the company’s seven sites. The company is currently using the Bloxx TVT-250, powered by Bloxx Tru-View Technology, to analyse, categorise and filter Web content in ...

July 12, 2010

ZyLAB warns data mismanagement is expensive

by Janet Harris
ZyLAB (www.zylab.com), leading provider of e-discovery and information management solutions, today issues a stark warning that failure to effectively manage information could result in a large fines, weakened cases and loss of business, under the Civil Procedure Rules. With the number of disputes gradually increasing year-on-year, from 31% in 2008 to 40% this year[1], and new fines and data management regulations ...

July 9, 2010

TrustDefender demos new transaction security solutions

by Janet Harris
Leading online transaction security provider, TrustDefender will be demonstrating their real-time, risk-based transaction security solutions, at the 1 Credit Union Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. For this year only, the conference is a combination of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and North America’s Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Conference. Combining these two established events will bring together global credit ...

July 7, 2010

Voice Commerce trademarks ‘Trust Centre’ name

by Janet Harris
Voice Commerce, the innovative financial services group, today announced it has secured an EU trademark for the term ‘Trust Centre™’ in financial services. Voice Commerce can now ensure the term Trust Centre™ in EU financial services is used only to refer to a compliant platform for the storage of voice biometric signatures. Voice Commerce has developed the VoiceTransact Trust Centre™ to support ...

StoneGate network security solution upgraded

by Janet Harris
Stonesoft an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, today announced the availability of the StoneGate Firewall/VPN 5.2, IPS 5.2 and StoneGate Management Centre 5.2. The new version offers a wide range of usability and performance enhancements that streamline the network administrators’ workflows as well as reduce the total cost of ownership. The StoneGate 5.2 solution, comprising of the ...

July 6, 2010

TrustDefender appoints European VP of Advanced Threat Research

by Janet Harris
Senior anti-virus technologist and cyber-security expert Alex Shipp has been appointed as the Vice President of Advanced Threat Research at TrustDefender to lead Research and Development operations in Europe. Managing from the head office in London, Alex brings a wealth of technical skills and hands-on approach to developing TrustDefender’s technology team. He is charged with the growth of the TrustDefender lab teams ...

July 1, 2010

Trusteer warns of malware targeting UK banks

by Janet Harris
Trusteer, the leading provider of secure browsing services, today warns that bank customers are being targeted by criminals using regional specific malware that flies under the radar of most antivirus technology to steal peoples online banking credentials and commit fraud. Detection rates for regional malware are between zero and 20%, suggesting that the majority of these attacks go undetected. Two pieces of ...

June 30, 2010

Symantec Launches Small Business Check-up Tool

by Janet Harris
Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today launched a new tool giving small businesses a holistic view of how they measure up against their peers in terms of information protection efficiency and effectiveness. The Symantec Small Business Check-up is a simple-to-complete online questionnaire that enables small businesses to benchmark themselves against survey results from 700 small businesses across Europe, the Middle East and ...

Network Box reports increase in virus production from Russia

by Janet Harris
Virus production from Russia is on the up again, after a temporary decline last month when Russian hosting service, PROXIEZ-NET – notoriously used by criminal gangs – was taken down in early May. This is according to analysis of internet threats in June, by managed security company, Network Box. Russia is now responsible for 7.4 per cent of the world’s malware, and ...

June 29, 2010

LANCOM Announces Content Filter To Control Internet Access

by Janet Harris
Several LANCOM VPN router models, LANCOM's VPN central-site gateways and the LANCOM WLAN controllers can now be upgraded to provide flexible control over Internet access by means of the new LANCOM Content Filter Option. This intelligent high-end solution uses a database-supported web filtering technology that works with profiles to control access rights and that also offers practical functions such as overrides. A ...

RandomStorm Adds Log Management to ISCM Platform

by Janet Harris
RandomStorm the network security specialists has announced the release of a new log management and file integrity monitoring module, StormAgent, to add to its widely deployed Integrated Security and Compliance Management (ISCM) platform. StormAgent is based on industry standard, open source intrusion detection technology and has been designed to monitor access and changes to system and application log files across the ...

June 28, 2010

StorageCraft launces VirtualBoot for server restoration

by Janet Harris
StorageCraft UK (www.storagecraft.co.uk), the provider of disaster recovery, system migration, data protection and security solutions for servers, desktops and laptops, announces the launch of VirtualBoot™ to enable temporary restoration of servers and keep organisations in business whilst repairs to physical machines are made. VirtualBoot, which is part of the latest version of its flagship ShadowProtect suite, improves on the original virtualisation ...

StorageCraft launches VirtualBoot for server security

by Janet Harris
StorageCraft UK (www.storagecraft.co.uk), the provider of disaster recovery, system migration, data protection and security solutions for servers, desktops and laptops, announces the launch of VirtualBoot™ to enable temporary restoration of servers and keep organisations in business whilst repairs to physical machines are made. VirtualBoot, which is part of the latest version of its flagship ShadowProtect suite, improves on the original virtualisation ...

June 23, 2010

gateProtect expands in Africa

by Janet Harris
gateProtect is expanding its sales in Africa. The successful German-based security provider announced today that it is pushing ahead with its international sales strategy and has signed Kits Technologies Limited from Lagos, Nigeria, as a new distributor. The company, an experienced network security and IT service provider, is assuming responsibility for the distribution and servicing of gateProtect’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions ...

June 22, 2010

Ipswitch Launches 'Sendable' file transfer solution

by Janet Harris
Ipswitch, Inc., the secure, managed file transfer company, just launched Sendable, a powerful and affordable file sending solution that gives individuals and prosumers a fast, easy and secure way to send large files and sensitive documents to other people. Until now, people have been forced to rely on risky and frustrating file transfer methods – including unsecure email attachments, easily lost ...

Imperva strengthens board of directors

by Janet Harris
Imperva, the market leader in data security, is pleased to announce Albert A. "Rocky" Pimentel as the newest member of the Imperva Board of Directors. Pimentel, currently the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of McAfee, Inc., will contribute more than thirty years of financial expertise as the Chair of the Audit Committee. “Rocky Pimentel is a remarkable addition to our ...

June 18, 2010

StorageCraft updates licensing for ShadowProtect IT Edition

by Janet Harris
StorageCraft UK (www.storagecraft.co.uk), the provider of disaster recovery, system migration, data protection and security solutions for servers, desktops and laptops, today announces new flexible pricing, licensing and delivery options for StorageCraft ShadowProtect IT Edition™, part of the award-winning ShadowProtect™ line of disk-based backup, disaster recovery, data protection and system migration solutions. The flexible pricing and licensing allows solution providers and ...

Report Calls for International Coordination on Cybersecurity

by Janet Harris
The EastWest Institute and the Data Security Council of India released a report today laying out several recommendations to begin building the legal, technical and administrative foundations for an international system to secure cyberspace. The study, The Cybersecurity Agenda: Mobilizing for International Action, calls for the collaborative use of defensive technology, information gathering, astute analysis and traditional diplomacy to defend global ...

Iron Mountain introduces LiveVault 7.0

by Janet Harris
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the information management company, today announced the availability of LiveVault 7.0, a solution designed to meet the application and server backup needs of mid-sized companies. Iron Mountain’s cloud-based data protection solution comes with increased scalability to protect large servers and environments and built-in data deduplication technology. The LiveVault solution is a fully managed, cloud-based data protection solution ...

June 16, 2010

Binary Research upgrades Big Bang’s Universal Imaging Utility

by Janet Harris
Binary Research (UK) Ltd, part of the company that originally developed Symantec’s Ghost, announced today the availability of Big Bang’s Universal Imaging Utility (UIU) version 4.6, which includes full support for 64-bit Windows 7, as well as continuing to support 32-bit Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Intel-based Apple Macintosh's. The vanguard software ...

June 15, 2010

StoneGate IPS protects against Adobe and Microsoft vulnerabilities

by Janet Harris
Stonesoft, an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, has today announced its StoneGate IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) provides efficient protection against the latest critical vulnerability that exists in Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Acrobat as well as the Microsoft vulnerability. According to the Adobe security advisory last updated on 10 June 2010, the recent vulnerability (CVE-2010-1297) ...

June 14, 2010

Porn and Facebook threaten mobile business security

by Janet Harris
Research released today by enterprise ICT solutions and service provider, Damovo UK, has revealed that social networking and mobile porn are the biggest productivity and security threats to mobile working in UK businesses. 55% of the IT directors surveyed said that mobile social networking was the biggest threat followed by mobile porn (30%), mobile gaming (8%) and mobile TV (7%). These emerging ...

Secure data management is main issue for heathcare industry

by Janet Harris
Research from a global survey by BridgeHead Software, the Healthcare Storage Virtualization (HSV) company, has revealed that secure data management is the healthcare industry’s most pressing issue as hospitals transition from paper-based health records to electronic systems. The Data Management Healthcheck 2010, a global survey into hospitals’ ongoing strategies for managing their IT systems, found that the top IT spending priority ...

June 10, 2010

Truedomain Unveils Antiphishing Network

by Janet Harris
Truedomain® (www.truedomain.net), a trusted provider of authentication and antiphishing solutions for email, has announced the launch of the Truedomain Antiphishing Network, the first solution that connects domain owners and email receivers through a cloud-based authentication technology architecture and powerful analytics framework to block email-borne phishing attacks from reaching their intended targets and prevent the financial and identity theft commonly inflicted ...

June 9, 2010

Imperva supports IIA's zombie plan

by Janet Harris
Data security leader specialist has backed the Australian Internet Industry Association (IIA) initiative in encouraging ISPs nationwide to adopt a new voluntary code of conduct on cyber security. Along with educating and better protection customers, ISPs are also being asked to temporarily quarantine those users whose computers are infected by zombie malware and is generated spam. "This move is to be applauded ...

Eversheds Selects Mimecast Email Management

by Janet Harris
Mimecast®, the unified email management company, has today announced that it has been selected by Eversheds LLP, one of the world’s largest full service corporate law firms, to provide SaaS-based email security, continuity, policy control and archiving across all regions. Eversheds LLP selected Mimecast’s Unified Email Management solution to provide enhanced business continuity, email archiving and security services as well as ...

ISACA welcomes data theft proposals

by Janet Harris
ISACA International Vice President Rolf von Roessing, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, has applauded the actions of Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner in publishing a draft code of practice that requires incidents involving the theft or loss of personal data relating to more than 100 people to be notified to its office. "The Irish commissioner has reportedly published the draft code in response to ...

June 8, 2010

Bloxx Highlights Risks Of Illegal Downloading

by Janet Harris
Bloxx, the innovator in Web and Email content filtering, has highlighted the risks faced by UK organisations that may have inadequate security systems and procedures in place to prevent their staff or users from downloading copyright material from the Internet. The Digital Economy Act 2010 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent in April of this year creating an obligation on Internet Service ...

June 7, 2010

Imperva warns Patch Tuesday only resolves disclosed vulnerabilities

by Janet Harris
Microsoft announced today it is planning 10 patches next week, with one of them addressing a vulnerability in Sharepoint. However, waiting for patch cycles to mitigate vulnerabilities will not protect enterprises. Since April 12, Microsoft SharePoint users have been vulnerable to a web-based attack through their help.aspx page. The problem was made public on April 29, after which Microsoft has been working to ...

May 26, 2010

Control Key is WatchGuard Reseller Of The Year

by Janet Harris
Blackburn-based company Control Key, a specialist in computer network and security solutions, has become the ‘WatchGuard Reseller of the Year’, a nationwide award from UK value added distributor (VAD) Wick Hill. The award was given to Control Key in recognition of its consistently good sales and the very high standard of technical support and services offered to customers, both locally and ...

Optenet and Sophos partner on web security

by Janet Harris
Optenet, a pioneer and global leader of enabling SaaS offerings and delivering “on-premise” security solutions, today announced its global strategic partnership with IT security and data protection firm Sophos. The strategic partnership sees Sophos’ first-class anti-virus scanning functionality fully integrated into Optenet’s flagship Web and Email security offerings including WebSecure (protection against malware and access to illegal or inappropriate web pages); ...

May 24, 2010

Trend Micro advised pensioners on how to stay safe in cyber space

by Janet Harris
Friday May 21st marked the ninth annual Silver Surfers' Day in the UK, a day packed with free activities and training aimed at the estimated 9.2 million over-55s in the UK without internet access. The majority of the "older generation" do not currently use the internet - many of them are fearful of the technology and falling victim to online fraudsters ...

May 21, 2010

Crédit Agricole secures access to web services with GrIDsure

by Janet Harris
GrIDsure, the innovative alternative to PINs and passwords, today announced that its unique authentication system has been chosen by the FNCA (National Crédit Agricole Federation) to provide a secure yet simple security solution for more than 3,000 senior employees across France. The FNCA is the national body that represents the regional branches of Crédit ...

May 20, 2010

Cloud computing expected to improve security

by Janet Harris
Over half of organisations believe that cloud computing will result in an improvement in security defences according to a poll from 360°IT, a fifth thought there would be no improvement and a quarter of organisations said that it will be detrimental. [Poll of 271 IT managers carried out in May 2010]. Richard Hall, CEO of CloudOrigin www.cloudorigin.com, a seasoned expert in the ...

May 19, 2010

Imperva Introduces SecureSphere Virtual Appliances

by Janet Harris
Imperva, the leader in data security, today announced the availability of its SecureSphere Virtual Appliances to accommodate the unique data security needs of dynamic and virtualized enterprise environments. The SecureSphere Virtual Appliances provide the same best-of-class security protection, compliance and risk management of Imperva’s hardware-based solutions as well as flexible, fast deployment, enabling organizations to quickly provision and configure new security ...