All posts by John E Dunn

Windows 10 whitelisting will not be for everyone

Windows 10′s security overhaul offers a lot but beware its complexities and limitations

With the arrival of Windows 10 in late July, businesses must once again pose many of the same questions that presented themselves at the time of the launch of Windows 8 in 2012, Windows 7 in 2009 and, for those with long enough memories, Windows XP in 2001.

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Golden opportunity to tame application privileges

What is it about Windows XP that has made getting rid of an obsolete operating system so difficult? On the face of it, it should be no contest; XP is inherently less secure than its successors, will no longer receive essential updates, cybercriminals target it more often, and it doesn’t even support the latest secure applications. These factors add up to higher support costs and risk.

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What can we learn from the latest data breaches?

The simple elevation of user and application privileges lies at the heart of many breaches.

We must hope that January’s huge data breach at Target will be a turning point in the history of data breaches. For the first time, businesses are starting to ask difficult questions – might the fact that one of the US retail sector’s most respected retailers can be breached with such ease not be telling us that something is profoundly wrong with enterprise security?

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Data breaches multiply: Something is badly wrong, but what?

Target’s breach tells us the world still isn’t fixed. The list of world-famous firms humbled by data breaches since 2007 makes sobering reading: Heartland, TK Maxx, the Sony PlayStation Network, Evernote, and now retailer Target are among a long list that have ended up with their expensively-tended brand names etched into data security history for the wrong reasons.

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7 Windows 7 Resolutions for 2014

Migrating from XP to 7 offers organizations a good moment to re-assess their security setup. But where to start?

After nearly 13 years, Tuesday 8 April is the day Windows XP reaches the end of the road as Microsoft pulls extended support. Anyone still running XP after that day will be on their own and left exposed to an inevitable wave of malware attacks lured by the pickings to be had from millions of PCs running an unpatched operating system.

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