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Kicked Out of the PCI DSS Club

August 31, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

A Qualified Security Assessor Company (QSAC) has finally had their status revoked by the PCI SSC. Based on the FAQ, it seems that CSO was not able to provide documentation that supported their conclusions regarding assessment opinions in their ROC's and ROV's they had issued...

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Don't Miss the Security BSides Portland Event

August 31, 2011 Added by:Security BSides

The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants...

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FireEye Releases First Advanced Threat Report

August 31, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"The FireEye Advanced Threat Report focuses on the threats that have successfully evaded traditional defenses. These are the unknown threats and advanced attacks that are dynamic, targeted, and stealthy. And, they are extremely effective for compromising organizations’ networks..."

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Cloudpocalypse - When the Cloud Eats Your Corporate IP

August 30, 2011 Added by:Rafal Los

The Cloudpocalypse - where you've bought into a cloud service, neglected to understand what you're buying into (service level, liability, etc.) and then are left crying onto your keyboard as your cloud provider tells you, "Sorry, we've lost all your data... but you have a backup somewhere, right?"

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RAID and Disk Size - Search for Performance

August 30, 2011 Added by:Bozidar Spirovski

Centralizing your storage is always a very good idea - you can manage storage requirements of most servers through a central storage system, without the hassle of juggling local disks within servers. But centralizing a storage opens a whole new world of hassles...

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Railgun Error Checking

August 30, 2011 Added by:Rob Fuller

One important thing to note about Railgun is that you are querying the API, and just as if you were using C++, the API you are calling just might not be there on the system. So here is a quick trick to find out if a the function (API) that you are trying to call is available to you...

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Experts Debate Merits of McAfee's Shady Rat Report

August 30, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"We consider those conclusions to be largely unfounded and not a good measure of the real threat level. Also, we cannot concede that the McAfee analyst was not aware of the groundlessness of the conclusions, leading us to being able to flag the report as alarmist," Eugene Kaspersky said...

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McAfee: 65 Million Malware Samples - That’s Just the Tip

August 30, 2011 Added by:Brent Huston

I was fascinated by this article that came across my newsfeed that said McAfee hit 65 million malware samples in the 2nd quarter of 2011. It seems that the malware cat truly is out of the bag. It also seems like someone forgot to warn the crimeware world about opening Pandora’s box...

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Big Discounts on Infosec Training and Certifications

August 30, 2011 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

The ISLAND TRADEWINDS program is designed to offer infosec training and certification opportunities at significantly discounted rates. You can receive discounts of up to $500 or 20% on courses from Global Knowledge, Career Academy, SANS, and the Infosec Institute...

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Question: Why Cybercrime?

August 30, 2011 Added by:Craig S Wright

Cybercriminals are actually extremely rational. And not necessarily talking of hacktivists and others without a clear profit motive, but those with a drive to make money act extremely rationally. Consequently, there is a solution: Reduce their profit...

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Did China Really Expose a Cyber Attack Tool?

August 30, 2011 Added by:Joel Harding

Wow, it’s really cool that we have proof that China not only has the capabilities but has been caught red-handed attacking a website, and the target they’re attacking is located inside the US. I’m sure somebody at the new US Cyber Command jumped up and down and said, “Yes! We have proof..."

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CERT Malaysia Releases DNSwatch Tool

August 30, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"DNSwatch will help you avoid known bad websites or sites that will trick your computer into downloading and installing malicious programs on your computer. Even better, DNSwatch will also prevent you from accessing malicious websites that you may not even know your computer is trying to access..."

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Advanced Persistent Monkey See Monkey Do

August 29, 2011 Added by:J. Oquendo

Arguments surrounding APT will remain a battle of expert vs. expert - but how about we use some common sense for a moment? If YOU were an attacker, why would you bother attacking from your own fixed location? It would make more sense to attack from another country for deflection purposes...

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Universities Account for a Higher Number of Breaches

August 29, 2011 Added by:Kurt Aubuchon

Hospitals are 48 times more likely to show up as breach victims than would be predicted if breaches were distributed evenly among all US firms. Colleges and universities turn up in breach reports about 357 times more often than if distributed evenly. That is a staggering number....

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Security Awareness Education Begins with the Youth

August 29, 2011 Added by:Steven Fox, CISSP, QSA

DefCon Kids follows the trend towards developing cybersecurity skills in youth, so that these young professionals will one day be prepared to tackle the increasingly advanced cyber attacks that constantly threaten today’s enterprises...

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My Bid for the ISC2 Board of Directors Ballot

August 29, 2011 Added by:Wim Remes

I want to work with ISC2 leadership and membership to review the current status of the CISSP certification, how it is perceived by different audiences, and improve the exam process. With over 79,000 certification holders, it could be concluded that the certification is doing well...

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Q2 DDoS Attacks: Some Facts and Figures

August 29, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"Cybercriminals... are increasingly using DDoS attacks as a diversionary tactic when launching more sophisticated attacks such as those on online banking systems. Complex attacks of this nature are particularly damaging in that they can cause significant losses for the financial institutions..."

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The Benefits of Investigating Employee Complaints

August 29, 2011 Added by:Thomas Fox

Encouraging internal reporting helps you detect misconduct in its earlier stages. The sooner you investigate, the sooner you put an end to the misconduct reported. For fraud cases, this is particularly important, as stopping fraud sooner results in less money lost...

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Researchers Find LinkedIn Spam Downloads Trojan

August 29, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"These password-stealing Trojans are programmed to insert themselves into the browser stack and can intercept login pages even before they are encrypted by HTTPS... code snippets ask for additional security questions or special passwords, information the password thieves want..."

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Federal OMB Directs Agencies to Expand CIO Powers

August 29, 2011 Added by:Bill Gerneglia

This expansion of the role of the CIO at the federal level is seen as essential by outgoing Federal CIO Kundra in order to drive desired cost savings and ROI through specific programs like the data center consolidation program as well as the migration of applications to the cloud...

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