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1. In Focus: Security Diligence Is Overdue
2. Security News and Features
- Recent Security Vulnerabilities
- Two New Excel Vulnerabilities Surface
- Workarounds for the First of Two Excel Vulnerabilities
- Windows Defender
3. Security Toolkit
- Security Matters Blog
- Share Your Security Tips
4. New and Improved
- Faster Intrusion Protection
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==== 1. In Focus: Security Diligence Is Overdue === by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net
I recently came across some very interesting survey information
published by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT). The company conducted a
survey of security executives in 150 companies from 30 countries whose
business relates to technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT).
The results shed some light on why some companies are open to security
According to the survey results, the majority of the surveyed companies
consider themselves reactive (as opposed to proactive) when it comes to
investing in information security. In other words, they spend money in
response to breaches but don't typically spend nearly as much money to
Only 4 percent of the companies think they're addressing the problem
sufficiently; only 25 percent have already implemented or are in the
process of implementing antiphishing protection; only 37 percent
provided security training to employees over the past 12 months; only
24 percent believe their current security tools are being used
effectively; and only 33 percent perform security risk assessments.
Another interesting pair of findings is that half of the companies who
suffered breaches over the past 12 months were victims of insider
attacks and only 47 percent of the companies believe they are
adequately protected against such internal attacks.
Brian Geffert, principal of Deloitte Security and Privacy Services,
said about the survey findings, "When it comes to security, TMT
companies are talking the talk but not yet walking the walk. Survey
respondents say that security is a top concern, but it is still not
being addressed across the organization from a risk-based perspective,
despite recent breaches costing million[s] of dollars of damage and
inestimable harm to companies' reputations, brands, revenue and
productivity. In fact, more than half of security executives surveyed
admit that their security investments are falling behind the threats or
at best just catching up."
Eye opening, isn't it? In a parallel study, DTT polled financial
institutions as well as life sciences and health care companies.
Although DTT didn't say how many companies took part in those studies,
it did say that 78 percent of the financial institutions had
experienced an external security breach and 49 percent had experienced
an internal security breach in the past year. Seventeen percent of life
sciences and health care companies had experienced an external security
breach and 9 percent had experienced internal breaches. Wow!
How many news stories have you read over the past several months about
some company suffering either an intrusion or equipment loss that
exposed people's private information? We can't go more than a week or
so without yet another of these stories coming to the surface, which
just reinforces DTT's findings.
It seems to me, even more so in light of DTT's survey results, that the
problems of intrusion and identity theft must be due to a lack of
diligence, or maybe a lack of funding to support proper diligence.
After all, with proper funding, how hard is it to diligently defend
your enterprise network, and how hard is it to diligently protect your
mobile computing devices and backup media? The former can be tedious,
of course, but not overly difficult. The latter requires mostly
attentiveness and common sense on the part of users to avoid theft or
other forms of loss.
If, in your opinion, your company isn't providing adequate resources
for a diligent approach to information security, consider pointing your
executives or decision makers to this editorial and DTT's press
release. Maybe it'll help open some eyes.
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==== 2. Security News and Features ===
Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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Alerts, which inform you about recently discovered security
vulnerabilities. You can also find information about these
Two New Excel Vulnerabilities Surface
You know the adage: When it rains it pours. On the heels of a zero-
day Excel vulnerability reported two weeks ago come two more Microsoft-
related vulnerabilities, one in Excel and one in Windows.
Workarounds for the First of Two Excel Vulnerabilities
Two weeks ago, a zero-day exploit was discovered that affects
Microsoft Excel. The vulnerability could allow the execution of
arbitrary code on an affected computer. Microsoft has published a
security advisory that includes possible workarounds to help you
protect your systems.
Windows Defender Beta 2 is Microsoft's second antispyware beta
release, but it really feels more like a new program. New graphics,
tighter integration into the OS, and a streamlined interface all set
this release apart from its predecessor, Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta 1.
Jeff Fellinge gives you the skinny in this article on our Web site.
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