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1. In Focus: Handheld Security Admin
2. Security News and Features
- Recent Security Vulnerabilities
- Cisco Moving into Physical Security Arena
- Firefox 2.0 to Gain Security Improvements
- Crank Up Security with MBSA 2.0
3. Security Toolkit
- Security Matters Blog
- Security Forum Featured Thread
- Share Your Security Tips
4. New and Improved
- Better Security Event Reporting
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==== 1. In Focus: Handheld Security Admin === by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net
Laptops are great tools. They've allowed security administrators to
take their tools on the road and freed them from relying on access to a
storage server. For some security consultants, it might be nearly
impossible to get any work done without a laptop.
One downside of laptops is that sometimes they can be bulky to carry
around. Plus when you need to use a laptop, you must take it out of the
bag, find a place to set it (on your lap if necessary), and start it
up. Then when you're done, you must reverse the whole process. A task
that will take you 5 minutes on the computer winds up taking 10 minutes
Now, new mobile devices are poised to improve our situation once again.
New handheld devices are powerful, flexible, and relatively easy to
use. They can run a full-blown OS (as opposed to a scaled down, limited
version), provide plenty of storage, are lightweight, and are ready to
use almost instantly nearly any time and any place.
New devices are coming to market. One that you might have already heard
about is Microsoft's Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC), code-named The Origami
UMPC runs Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, has a 7-inch display with a
minimum of 800 x 480 dpi resolution, includes network connectivity, has
a 40GB hard drive, and weighs about 2 pounds. UMPC won't fit in your
pocket, but it would fit in some purses, and you'll be able to hold it
in your hand to get work done when necessary. Microsoft's UMPC will
cost under $1000.
Some might think that UMPC is just another tablet PC. While that might
be true in the most basic sense, tablet PCs have significant advantages
over laptops, most notably the ease of use. One thing missing from UMPC
is a keyboard. I must have a keyboard, even though I like handhelds'
touch screens. A demo at Intel's site (first URL below) shows an ultra-
mobile device that does have a keyboard (second URL below). I want this
Another new device is the DualCor cPC. This device weighs only 1.1
pounds and features two processors and two OSs: Windows XP Tablet PC
Edition and Windows Mobile. The device also has a 40GB hard drive and
5-inch display with 800 x 480 dpi resolution. The price is $1500
retail, with discounts for volume purchases.
Another handheld computer comes from OQO. The OQO model 01+ has a 30GB
drive, weighs only 14 ounces, and is small enough to put in your
pocket. The screen size is 5 inches. The model 01+ has a mini-keyboard
that slides out from under the display. Hold on to your hats for the
price: the Windows Tablet PC Edition sells for $2099 retail!
For a decent comparison of several handheld computers, including some
that I didn't have room to mention here and some that don't run Windows
Tablet PC Edition, visit the handtops.com Web site at the URL below.
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Recent Security Vulnerabilities
If you subscribe to this newsletter, you also receive Security
Alerts, which inform you about recently discovered security
vulnerabilities. You can also find information about these
Cisco Moving into Physical Security Arena
With its latest acquisition, Cisco aims to bring its customers IP-
enabled physical security. The company announced an agreement to
acquire privately held SyPixx Networks, a company founded in 2002 to
deliver video surveillance systems.
Firefox 2.0 to Gain Security Improvements
An alpha release of Firefox 2.0 is due out in the next few days,
according to meeting minutes posted at Mozilla Foundation. A few
important new security features will be included in the 2.0 version.
Read about them in this news story.
Crank Up Security with MBSA 2.0
The latest version of Microsoft's popular no-cost MBSA tool is more
than a simple update; it includes new features and has been designed to
integrate seamlessly with other update tools such as Windows Server
Update Services (WSUS) and the Systems Management Server (SMS)
Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU). Get the details at
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Security Matters Blog: L0phtcrack Retired
by Mark Joseph Edwards, http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=23D98:4FB69
After years as a password-cracking staple, L0phtcrack is apparently
being put out to pasture--discontinued. However, there are
alternatives, including Cain & Abel, LCP, Ophcrack 2, and the Openwall
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