Security Bytes:

July, 2008


July 31, 2008  5:59 PM

McAfee buys DLP vendor Reconnex

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

The data loss prevention (DLP) market continues to consolidate. McAfee on Thursday said it agreed to acquire privately owned DLP company Reconnex for $46 million in cash. Last year, EMC/RSA Corp. acquired Tablus Inc. and Symantec Corp. acquired Vontu Inc. Data protection is the top concern for...

July 31, 2008  5:13 PM

California elections official wins over techies

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen spoke to an appreciative crowd at the USENIX Security Symposium this week in San Jose. The state's top elections official earned a long round of applause from the techie crowd after her opening keynote, "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying...


July 31, 2008  3:33 PM

Study highlights Web threats

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

At the USENIX Security Symposium in San Jose on Wednesday, a Google researcher presented a study on the pervasiveness of drive-by-downloads on the Internet, and the findings were unsettling, to say the least. Over a 10-month period last year, researchers analyzed 66 million...


July 31, 2008  12:04 PM

Aladdin buys Secure Computing’s SafeWord

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

Aladdin Knowledge Systems Inc. agreed to acquire Secure Computing Corp.'s Secure SafeWord two-factor authentication business Wednesday for $65 million. The deal adds to Aladdin's strong authentication eToken product line and gives it a network of channel partners. Secure Computing's president and...


July 29, 2008  10:58 AM

Symantec upgrades NAC with better guest user integration

Neil Roiter Profile: NBRoiter

SymantecThe...


July 29, 2008  10:07 AM

Emergency fix in the works for critical Oracle flaw

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier


July 24, 2008  8:03 PM

HIPAA violations cost Seattle health care provider

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

Interesting news on the HIPAA front. Seattle-based Providence Health & Services has agreed to a settlement over HIPAA security and privacy violations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week. In what HHS called the first of its kind "resolution agreement,"...


July 24, 2008  10:51 AM

Study shows most bank Web sites have serious security design flaws

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan reveals that 76% of more than 200 bank websites had at least one security design flaw.This is truly shocking news. I had to go back and read the results a couple of...


July 22, 2008  9:22 AM

Noted reverse engineer outs DNS flaw details

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Halvar Flake, CEO of SABRE Security GmbH, who criticized Dan Kaminsky’s DNS server flaw as overblown, has caused a stir among security researchers for possibly exposing the details in a blog...

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July 18, 2008  2:15 PM

Intel & Symantec tout app virtualization

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

Intel Corp. and Symantec Corp. executives touted the benefits of application virtualization in a roundtable discussion with reporters Thursday in San Francisco.

Virtualization at the application level separates the application from the operating...


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