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February 28, 2007  8:09 AM

Channel news: Mobile phone threats; remote/branch office IT agendas

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Wireless security: IT pros warily watching mobile phone threatsSecurity experts have warned repeatedly that mobile phone attacks will grow as the devices become more sophisticated. IT administrators are starting to believe them.

Security, compliance, disaster recovery are top IT concerns at remote and branch offices

Security, compliance, and disaster recovery top the list of remote office and branch office (ROBO) IT priorities, according to a new study by Enterprise Strategy Group. Improving application performance and accessibility for ROBO users were next in line in terms of importance. [Tekrati]

Windows adds ‘maybe pirate’ category

The company’s antipiracy software adds a “yellow state” for times when it just can’t tell if software is genuine. [CNET]

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February 27, 2007  5:56 PM

Competitors laud Cisco acquisition of Web-services accelerator

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Vendors in the XML application–acceleration market seem to be applauding Cisco Systems Inc.’s acquisition of Reactivity Inc., this week, if only because it validates a broad-based need for appliances that can make complex Web-services based applications run efficiently.

Both analysts and vendors say application-acceleration is one of the hottest part of the networking market right now, as end-user companies try to simplify and accelerate their networks, even as they re-design applications to use those networks more heavily.

Vendors of services-oriented application (SOA) application development and management products say Cisco’s interest proves the need for speed, but also for security, as XML-based attacks increase.

To secure SOA applications, security vendors have to be able to deconstructe SOAP and other Web services protocols and work quickly and securely with the XML itself.

The full version of this story appeared on TechTarget sister site

February 27, 2007  5:36 PM

“Storm” Trojan re-emerges in hard-to-stop variant with several potential payloads

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Secure Computing Corp. has warned that the Storm Trojan horse has re-emerged, after having appeared in January and largely faded from view.

The Trojan usually arrives in e-mail, then installs itself as a rootkit, using operating-system functions to capture Web traffic. It detects when a user appears to be posting a comment to a blog, then inserts a linethat asks readers to look at “a fun video.” Clicking on the link takes a victim to a malware site where keyloggers or remote-control software can be dropped on the machine.

The variant is hard to isolate, partly because it changes its form every time it’s downloaded.

Secure Computing recommends looking at videos only on known sites, such as YouTube, instead of following links, even from postings that appear to be from a known source.

The full version of this story appeared on TechTarget sister site

February 27, 2007  4:47 PM

The Linux desktop’s rising popularity

Yuval Shavit Profile: YuvalShavit

Who says Linux has to stay in the server room? It may not be on every desktop yet, but the operating system — and open source generally — is coming ever closer to being a household name.

That seems to be the message on Dell Ideastorm, anyway, where PCs with Linux or pre-installed are currently the two most popular requests.

Ideastorm is Dell’s Digg-like suggestion box, where users can submit their ideas and vote on them. The top-five ideas as of the writing of this blog: pre-installed Linux; pre-installed OpenOffice; a bare-bones Windows installation; a Linux laptop; and an option to just buy the computer raw, without any system pre-installed.

Microsoft may be pouring oil on the fire if Vista’s anti-piracy policies end up driving desktop users to Linux, but it probably has a bit of time. Windows is still the main operating system at companies around the world, and Linux applications may still need work before they’re ready to go mainstream.

February 27, 2007  4:45 PM

Incipient wins fifth patent for storage technology

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has issued a patent to Incipient, Inc., for its split-path architecture that performs block level storage virtualization – a core function within its Incipient Network Storage Platform (iNSP). The iNSP software suite is embedded in SAN switches and helps deliver network data mobility, network volume management and network copy services. Since October 2005, the Waltham, Mass. company has won five patents each covering key storage virtualization technologies that the company has developed. 

February 27, 2007  2:57 PM

Academy fails girls in technology via Abigail Breslin

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Educate your daughters, wives, nieces and moms. I don’t want any of the women in your life getting up in front of a glamorous Oscar audience, like Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin, to make women look tech-clueless. On Sunday, Breslin admitted that she didn’t know what her father, a computer systems analyst, did for a living. The Academy should be ashamed for writing a script like that just for a laugh. Contributors at my new favorite girl technology blog, She’s Such a Geek, agree.

Women in the technology field — as resellers, consultants, programmers, or IT personnel — are no longer a novelty. Though the field is still male-dominated, there are promising stories of women bucking stereotypes all over the news, and popular culture needs to catch up with that reality. But with this education comes responsibility.

The fact is that women are busting onto the hacking scene against all odds. Hacker Raven Alder started a movement in 2004 (whether she admits that her gender is an issue or not), and just this month, two girls from Ohio hacked into their school’s computer system to post a message that school was cancelled due to snow.

As political theorist Hannah Arendt said, “Do not do what you would undo if caught.” Criminal hackers should take this to heart. But if they don’t, make sure you’re prepared to deal with hackers of all genders, races, and ages at’s hacking tools and techniques topic center.

February 27, 2007  10:04 AM

Security survey shows personal data may be less safe than two years ago

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Though it’s hardly the most objective survey sponsor in the world, security software vendor nCircle Network Security Inc. has published results of a recent survey of 83 IT security professionals showing that nearly two-thirds or 66% said they believe their own personal data is less secure than 24 months ago.  The survey was conducted by nCircle, a provider of agentless security risk and compliance management solutions. nCircle’s CEO, Abe Kleinfeld, said the results point to a “real and present danger to online data that IT security professionals see everyday.” 

February 27, 2007  8:37 AM

Channel news: Sun sales rise; HP buys virtualizer; Dell sells no-OS PCs

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Sun burns brightest in latest IDC server study In the last quarter of 2006, Sun’s server revenue grew nearly 15 percent, while Hewlett-Packard took the top blade vendor spot from its longtime rival IBM, according to a study by IDC. [eWEEK]

HP pays for PolyServe while IBM and Dell watch Cluster a Go Go [TheReg]

Dell allows customers to buy new notebooks without Windows Dell decides to sell notebooks without operating systems by customer request. [DailyTech]

Flaws in tech support tools open PCs to attack The risky security holes are in tools commonly provided by software makers and ISPs to provide remote tech support. [CNET]

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February 26, 2007  2:03 PM

The green-ing of IT?

BKraemer Brian Kraemer Profile: BKraemer

The movement to green facilities is nothing new. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has been working on bringing environmental awareness to the forefront of business consciousness for some time now. Through smart building design and power usage, companies — more specifically the buildings they inhabit — are certified as green friendly.

That means the company who is certified gets to hang a plaque in the lobby of the building. While that may not sound like much, the small environmental footprint is noble goal to have. Oh, and the company running the building will save a wheelbarrow full of money each year by taking advantage of lower energy costs and other green-back saving strategies which are inherent to certification.

Now it looks like the IT community is jumping on the same bandwagon and noticing that there actually is money in doing the right thing. (I’m sure the idea of wheelbarrows full of money had something to do with the move to eco-conservatism.) The “IT titans,” as CNET so eloquently puts it, include Advanced Micro Devices, Intel, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Rackable Systems, SprayCool, VWware and American Power Conversion. They are all member of the GreenGrid board, whose goal is to “lower the overall consumption of power in data centers around the globe.”

It’s a good idea for these companies to make this move, but I have to wonder if it is a little late in the game. Data center managers and VARs have, I’m sure, been trying to figure out ways to lower energy consumption in server rooms and data centers for a long time. Different cooling techniques, rack configuration — I bet they’d even hang garland and sing Christmas carols year round if they thought their servers would eat less energy — aren’t exactly breaking news.

But better late than never, and I do see channel benefits in the long run. Once the bureaucracy of forming a group like this is finished and these companies do start putting out green products — products that consume less energy and have a smaller footprint, for example — VARs may be able to take the garland down.

February 26, 2007  12:18 PM

Truth in market forecasting – The imminent death of Windows

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

As part of our relentless search for market-trend indicators (it was the No. 1 item in a Google on “linux market prediction”), we ran across this eruditely argued analysis of the tenuous market position of Windows and the need of the industry to move beyond its dependence on Microsoft:

Are you a Microsoft investor? Be afraid. Be very afraid. By 2010 Windows will be as dead as CP/M, and every Windows-based software vendor will be either supporting Linux or out of business.


The process is in fact 80% complete:


The end result is already obvious to bright CEOs,

Why haven’t we noticed yet?

and will shortly be obvious even to bright mainstream press columnists.

Oh. Maybe they’ll tell us.

subhed: How do you extrapolate an exponential?

Now we’re ready to believe. That subheading makes the whole thing sound like one of those papers the smart kid turned in during Advanced Physics – the ones you wanted to refute, but couldn’t figure out how.

Then we noticed the publication date: Jan 10, 1999.


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