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September 29, 2008  9:43 PM

Do You know Where Your Previous Mobile Phone Is?

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Cell phone companies are tempting us more and more with phones that act as PDAs (Personal Data Accessory??), send and receive email, surf the Web, have bigger capacity to store documents, are music players, cameras and oh, by the way: a phone. And in the coming years some have proposed utilizing...

September 24, 2008  5:36 PM

FREE Tool – Changing Local Administratior Passwords On Your Domain

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I just love VBS. And I love the folks that share their tools, AND give us a nice interface AND allow us to push a report to a .csv file. So a BIG thank-you should go out to Jeffrey Hicks, who has his own site, anjd a helpful

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September 23, 2008  3:15 PM

Host vs. Network IDS

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I've noticed a definite tendency for organizations to move to monitoring network traffic with their Intrusion Detection Systems. It's a lot easier than trying to update a host IDS service/agent and keeps the increased CPU at the monitor, where it belongs. Also, host agents are limited by what the...


September 19, 2008  7:37 PM

Auditing MS SQL – Roles, and Why They Matter

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SQL "Server" runs on top of MS Windows, and it has groups inside of it that are not seen on the Windows server or even the Windows Domain. That's why we have to check and make sure that inappropriate users don't have complete access to everything inside the database. Not everyone should be...


September 16, 2008  5:58 PM

FREE Tools for Auditing MS SQL Server

Arian Eigen Heald Arian Eigen Heald Profile: Arian Eigen Heald

There's a lot of really nice application tools to audit SQL databases out there. They have lots of bells and whistles and write out a really nice report with professional formatting. If you've got one of those, LUCKY YOU. But most of us Admins and Auditors have to scrounge for what we can find...


September 12, 2008  2:14 PM

Inside the Database Server – MS SQL

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The first question to answer is: "Is the SQL system patched?" You or a DBA can confirm this inside Enterprise Manager (the software client that runs on SQL or from a remote installation of it) by right-clicking the primary database icon and selecting Properties. You can also run a query inside...


September 10, 2008  4:24 PM

Data Loss Due to Insider Access = Much Higher Risk

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Similar to the Countrywide data theft, a recent news report from Korea highlights the theft of 11...


September 8, 2008  1:52 PM

Auditing Databases – Part II

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Thanks to marketing, we have a confusing jumble of terms when thinking about databases. For instance, Microsoft's database product, SQL Server, isn't really a "server." It has to run on a Microsoft Windows Server 200x operating system. It's a database system, that can...


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