Security Wire Weekly

Dec 27 2010   8:40PM GMT

Cybersecurity 2010: Looking back and lessons learned – Part 2

Jessica Scarpati Jessica Scarpati Profile: Jessica Scarpati

Pete Lindstrom, a research director at Spire Security joins the editorial team to talk about the top IT security news stories of 2010.

Microsoft’s legal action against Waledac botnet: Federal judge grants Microsoft the ability to shut down hundreds of domain names tied to the Waledac botnet.

McAfee DAT File issue: While buggy antivirus DAT files are the exception rather than the rule, downloading them can cause just as much turmoil as a potential DDoS attack.

Security Vendor Acquisitions:
($7.7 billion) McAfee-Intel
($1.28 billion) Symantec-VeriSign
($1.5 billion) HP-Arcsight

Consumerization of IT:
Mobile application security flaws a repeat of past mistakes: Developers of mobile applications are repeating many of the same coding errors that desktop coders and Web application coders made years ago, according to two security experts.
Enterprises should embrace end user influence on technology: Security vendors are sounding the alarm about the growing use of personal smartphones and web-based technologies.

White House Security Czar: Where is Howard Schmidt? President Obama’s choice for cybersecurity coordinator is being widely praised, but experts say he has major hurdles to overcome.

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