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ITsecurity Daily Briefing: 08/13/2014

Posted by on August 13, 2014.

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Wednesday August 13, 2014.

News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts



Almost 40% of adults rarely protect themselves against cyber crooks
UK’s National Crime Agency: “Four in ten adults don’t always install security software on new computers and mobiles, increasing the risk of cyber criminals accessing their cash, passwords and family’s privacy.” (Doesn’t specify whether UK, European or worldwide.)

Stuxnet’s “hole”: the vulnerability is still around
“The old vulnerability that had been exploited by the notorious “battle-worm” Stuxnet, is still around, affecting millions, even though a patch for it had been released years ago.”
Kaspersky Lab:

NSS Labs Breach Detection Systems Product Analysis Report
Trend Micro scores ‘highest’. Report available here:
Trend Micro:

Gartner: Prepare now for end of Windows 7 support
“Mr Kleynhans believes support will end for Windows 7 in 2020 if it follows the same cycle as Windows XP. He wants companies to be readied for the change this time around, noting how almost a quarter of PCs in organisations were running the operating system after support ended.”
Ashdown Group:


Whitepapers and Reports

Beyond passwords: Protect the mobile enterprise with smarter security solutions
There’s some useful information here; but note that the paper is specifically selling IBM solutions.

Public WiFi networks. Are they safe?
User awareness advice on public WiFi connections.
Panda Security:

Threat Intelligence Today
Survey by informationWeek & Dark Reading
“The answer is threat intelligence, which we define as the collection and analysis of information about existing and emerging threats to information assets — it’s used to inform decisions on how best to respond to and mitigate these threats.”

Damballa’s State of Infections Report – Q2 2014
“Ransomware was a big mover this quarter, appearing nearly everywhere, grabbing international headlines and showing vigorous activity.”


Webcasts and Webinars



HostingCon Europe
Passenger Terminal, Amsterdam; 14-15 October
Conference for web hosting and cloud service providers.


Mergers and Acquisitions

Telstra acquires video analytics company Ooyala
“…the investment will make Ooyala one of the best-capitalised and most comprehensive video and analytics technology companies in the world.”



August Patch Tuesday Analysis
To help scheduling the patching of 41 vulnerabilities in nine bulletins from Microsoft.

Dell SecureWorks raises cyber security status to ‘elevated’
This is because of the Microsoft and Adobe security updates (Patch Tuesday). Criminals will attempt to make use of the disclosed vulnerabilities before users get round to patching them.
Dell SecureWorks:

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