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John E Dunn
March 24th, 2014

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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Return of the Macro

Just like fashion, malware goes through trends and comebacks, so let’s take a look at what’s ‘in’ this season. Anyone involved in IT in the 1990′s will remember a few things; plaid shirts, floppy disks and macro viruses. Although I can’t envisage the former two making a comeback any time soon, macros are definitely back on the InfoSec agenda, something Microsoft has been highlighting recently.

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SANS Critical Controls: Simple steps to securing the enterprise

In an ever-changing threat landscape, knowing how to mitigate attacks, or even where to start, can be a challenge. To help ease that burden, a number of organizations and government bodies have provided recommendations on defending common real-world attacks.

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Take an in-depth look at your IT security

Over the past few months we’ve seen a spate of IT security breaches in the US. Retailers, Supervalu, Albertsons and the courier, UBS recently revealed they’d suffered significant data attacks, with customers debit and credit card details compromised. Meanwhile in the healthcare sector, Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

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