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Russell Smith
March 21st, 2013

Government leads the way in security compliance

Computer security is a field where the goal posts are constantly moving, as malware morphs in an attempt to outsmart the defenses you put in place. While security professionals have recognized for a long time that unwanted software, often in the form of Trojans and worms usually installed by users when tricked by some form of social engineering, presents the biggest risk to security, it’s only now that compliance mandates are catching up and being developed using real-world attack data.

Australia’s Department of Defense Intelligence Agency produced a report of mitigation strategies using research on attacks carried out in 2010, and later updated in 2011. It concluded that 85 per cent of attacks could have been prevented if its top 4 recommendations had been followed. These top 4 recommendations are known as the security ‘sweet spot’:

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WikiLeaks’ CIA documents offer us an important reminder

With news breaking on the CIA’s ability to listen in via Smart TVs, many will be alarmed by the breadth of the exploits WikiLeaks has uncovered. The security industry has been warning of the dangers of Internet of Things devices for a long time and just last week, a hack on internet-connected teddy bears was making the headlines.

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Focus on the fundamentals: Intel Security and Avecto make a powerful force

For nearly a decade, Avecto’s customers have relied on Defendpoint to underpin “traditional AV”, next generation AV, machine learning and advanced network-based analysis solutions. Despite notable advances, detection will never reach 100% efficacy.

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Security basics provide the best foundations

In the era of next-gen technology, it’s the often-forgotten basics that provide the best foundations.

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Is social engineering the new norm?

Throughout history humans have sought to socially engineer each other, exploiting social norms and applying pressure to reveal information or gain advantage. From travelling conmen and master spies to cyber threats and phishing emails the fundamental problem is the same, humans can be manipulated.

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Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report 2015 – What you need to know

Now in its third year, the 2015 Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report analyses the data from Security Bulletins issued by Microsoft throughout 2015. Typically issued on the second Tuesday of each month, these “Patch Tuesday” bulletins contain fixes for vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft products. With the launch of Windows 10, this approach changed slightly, with patches being released as soon as they are available.

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