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1. In Focus: A Flurry of Enterprise Spyware Solutions
2. Security News and Features
- Recent Security Vulnerabilities
- Update Rollup to Replace Windows 2000 SP5
3. Security Matters Blog
- BSD or Linux?
- Anti-Spam Redux
4. Instant Poll
5. Security Toolkit
- Security Forum Featured Thread
6. New and Improved
- Appliance Offers Security Modules
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==== 1. In Focus: A Flurry of Enterprise Spyware Solutions ====
by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net
Do you have a problem with spyware? As you know, spyware is that problematic type of software that gathers information or tracks system usage and reports that data to outside sources without the user's knowledge. Obviously, this sort of software can be a threat to your enterprise security. Spyware can be installed on systems through a variety of methods, including malicious ActiveX controls, Web-based scripts, file-download mechanisms, assorted email content, and software installation that appears legitimate.
Desktop- and gateway-based firewalls as well as content filtering systems can help detect and block spyware. For example, some desktop firewall solutions prevent unauthorized applications from communicating on the network. But they don't necessarily prevent spyware from becoming installed, nor do they stop it from collecting data.
Dozens of standalone desktop solutions identify and remove spyware. But managing standalone desktop software across an enterprise isn't exactly a simple chore, so these solutions aren't exactly ideal for businesses. If spyware is a problem on your network, you might consider using an enterprise antispyware solution--and by "enterprise," I mean a solution that offers its own centralized management system. Many people aren't aware that numerous enterprise antispyware solutions are either already available or will soon be released. At the URL below, you'll find a long list of spyware packages, both standalone and enterprise.
Below you'll find a quick rundown of the products I know about, listed in no particular order. If I've missed any products that you're aware of, please send me an email message with a brief product description (or at least a URL to a Web page) and I'll update the list.
-- Finjan Vital Security: appliance-based solution that also provides antivirus functionality, URL filtering, Instant Messaging (IM) logging, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), watermarking, mail content filtering, and junk mail filtering.
-- PestPatrol Corporate Edition: software-based solution that also provides protection against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, keystroke loggers, Trojan horses, and more.
-- WebSense Enterprise: software-based solution that protects against spyware, keystroke loggers, phishing attempts, malicious mobile code, and more
-- MicroWorld Technologies' eScan Enterprise Edition: software-based solution that also provides antivirus, junk mail filtering, pop-up filtering, NetBIOS firewall, and more.
-- Webroot Spy Sweeper Enterprise: software-based solution designed specifically to guard against spyware.
-- Tenebril's SpyCatcher Enterprise: software-based solution designed specifically to guard against spyware.
-- InterMute's SpySubtract Enterprise Edition: software-based solution designed specifically to guard against spyware.
-- Xblock Systems' X-Cleaner Enterprise Edition: antispyware solution that also protects against Trojan horses, keystroke loggers, and more.
-- Omniquad AntiSpy Enterprise Edition: antispyware solution that also protects against keystroke loggers and more.
-- Norman Ad-Aware Professional Edition: antispyware solution, plus protection against data mining, aggressive advertising, selected traditional Trojan horses, dialers, malware, and tracking components.
-- DynaComm i:scan: passive scanner that removes spyware, P2P software, file surveillence and more
-- Prevx Enterprise: protects against spyware, plus protection against viruses, malicious code, malware, and more
-- Kaspersky Anti-Virus SuperSecure Database: add-on databases that protect against spyware and also provide protection against malicious code, auto-dialers, backdoors, and much more.
-- GFI DownloadSecurity for ISA Server: integrates with Kaspersky's Anti-Virus and SuperSecure database to help quarantine spyware, and also provides protection again other types of downloadable content.
Four other companies intend to release enterprise antispyware solutions in the near future:
-- McAfee Anti-Spyware Enterprise Edition Module: software-based add-on to the company's antivirus solution that also protects against Trojan horses, keystroke loggers, and more.
-- Sunbelt Software's CounterSpy Enterprise
-- Aluria Spyware Eliminator
-- GIANT AntiSpyware for Enterprises
In 2005, Windows IT Pro plans an article that will review some of these solutions. So if you're interested in a comparison of these products, be on the lookout for the article. Until next time, have a great week.
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==== 2. Security News and Features ====
Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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Update Rollup to Replace Windows 2000 SP5
Microsoft announced that it will scrap plans for Windows 2000 Service Pack 5 (SP5) and instead issue an Update Rollup package. In a market bulletin posted on its Web site, the company said the Update Rollup will be released in mid-2005 and will appear as a critical update item in Windows Update.
Whether you need to troubleshoot a necessary network service or detect unwanted programs, you need to be able to understand and manage the traffic between computers on your network. A basic step toward doing so is determining which programs are listening on your computer systems' network ports. Jeff Fellinge describes a helpful port-scanning tool.
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==== 3. Security Matters Blog ====
by Mark Joseph Edwards, http://www.windowsitpro.com/securitymatters
Check out these recent entries in the Security Matters blog:
BSD or Linux?
Lots of people are integrating Linux into their environments. I wonder how many of you have or will integrate BSD. Many people contend that BSD is a much safer OS than Linux, and a few BSD distributions (OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD) pride themselves on security right out of the box.
Some entities can't resist striking back at spammers. I recently came across an interesting story at The Register, "Lycos Screensaver to Blitz Spam Servers." If you read the story, you'll learn that Lycos Europe has released a screensaver for Windows and Mac OS X systems that will retaliate against alleged sources of spam.
==== 4. Instant Poll ====
Results of Previous Poll:
Does your company use blacklists to help filter unwanted email?
The voting has closed in this Windows IT Pro Security Hot Topic nonscientific Instant Poll. Here are the results from the 105 votes.
- 26% Yes, we use blacklists to weight a message as potential junk
- 38% Yes, we drop all mail from addresses that appear in blacklists
- 4% No, but we might start
- 32% No
New Instant Poll:
Do you use an enterprise antispyware solution?
- Yes, a standalone solution
- Yes, as part of our Web content filtering solution
- Yes, as part of our antivirus solution
- No, but we plan to soon
Go to the Security Hot Topic and submit your vote
==== 5. Security Toolkit ====
by John Savill, http://www.windowsitpro.com/windowsnt20002003faq
Q: How can I quickly obtain a list of the domain controllers (DCs) in my Active Directory (AD) domain?
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Security Forum Featured Thread
A forum participant writes that he has a server farm with Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 systems and a customer that doesn't want to give these servers access to his LAN because he has database servers that could be tampered with. The forum participant wonders whether he can install ISA Server 2004 between his Citrix systems and his firewall and use it to control access on the user or group level to prevent the customer's database servers from being exposed. Join the discussion at
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==== 6. New and Improved ====
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Appliance Offers Security Modules
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