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Mon, Nov 15, 2004 (Vol. 9, #45 - Issue #501)
First In True Enterprise Ready Anti-Spyware!
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Thanks For All Your Congrats
    • I Changed Phones... Again!
    • Is Spyware A Resource/Time Killer?
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Checklist: Restricting Access To Prevent Insider Hacks
    • 20 Tips On Protecting And Recovering Exchange 2003 Data
    • Microsoft Fixes Spoofing Flaws In ISA, Proxy Server
  4. NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
    • Man Charged With Selling Windows Source Code
    • Microsoft To Indemnify Most Customers From Legal Threats
    • The Top 500 Fastest Machines On The Planet
    • Religious OS Wars, The Next Salvo
  5. NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • First In True Enterprise Ready Anti-Spyware!
    • SNSI Update: Still More Vulnerabilities
  6. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • The Sunbelt Security Pack Is Baaaaack!
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  EDITORS CORNER

Thanks For All Your Congrats

Lots of people sent me congrats for Issue 500. Thanks! Also, the feedback on the new CounterSpy has been tremendous. We started with slowly "slipstreaming in" the standalone consumer version to test the waters. You can check out the new V1.0 for yourself. (Let me know if you find any bugs! ;-) CounterSpy has something noteworthy: it detects, deletes but its protection is very strong. We have built in dozens of security check points that prevent spyware from infecting your system to begin with. And it's only 20 bucks, which includes a full year's worth of subscription for updates, upgrades, tech support and threat database updates. Count on regular improvements! You can get your early bird copy here.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115ED-CounterSpy

I Changed Phones... Again!

Not because I wanted to, but this was the second time the Toshiba Pocket PC hardware got fried, in less than a year. So I decided to check out the latest Blackberry 7100t. It's quad-band so I can use it in Europe as well. After a week of use I like it better and better. The OS is a modernized, color version of the old monochrome Blackberry and not quite as full featured as the Pocket PC, but it's quite serviceable. It has what I need but not much more. (Never used Pocket Word in any case). With the hundreds of emails I get a day I am not forwarding my email to the phone, so I cannot tell you about this feature yet. Synching up to Outlook is flawless though, so I had my very fat e-phonebook downloaded to the 7100t within minutes. I like it so far, and T-Mobile's service is fast!

Is Spyware A Resource/Time Killer?

Let's find out how many of you think that spyware is a resource and time killer. Here is your new SunPoll: Is Spyware hampering the productivity of your users and sucks up your time? Vote here, third column:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/index.cfm

Quotes of the Week:
"Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape".
-- unknown.
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."
--Bill Gates

Warm regards,
Stu Sjouwerman (email me with feedback: [email protected])

  ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

  TECH BRIEFING

Checklist: Restricting Access To Prevent Insider Hacks

Insiders are often the cause of more computer compromises than outsiders. That means your employees and fellow workers create more havoc for your network than all the malicious people on the Internet. Limit your losses by preventing users from accessing sensitive systems and logging on to machines other than those assigned to them. Here's how: (you may have to register)
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115TB-Hack_Checklist

20 Tips On Protecting And Recovering Exchange 2003 Data

Protecting and recovering your Exchange data could be one of the most important operations you perform. SearchExchange.com offers a crash course to help you keep your data -- and your job.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115TB-20ExchangeTips

Microsoft Fixes Spoofing Flaws In ISA, Proxy Server

The software maker's November security bulletin doesn't cover the Internet Explorer IFRAME flaw that three new Mydoom variants have exploited.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115TB-MS_Fixes

  NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

Man Charged With Selling Windows Source Code

Months after launching a federal investigation, authorities last week arrested a Connecticut man on charges of selling the source code for Microsoft's Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 operating systems over the Internet. The alleged intellectual property theft was arrested in a sting by the FBI and an investigator hired by Microsoft.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115RN-Code_Arrest

Microsoft To Indemnify Most Customers From Legal Threats

Microsoft this week said it will expand its indemnification program to cover the vast majority of its customers in a move to set itself apart from open-source rivals. I see this mainly as a move against Linux, where the legal scene is a little murky in this area. You can find the story in many places but I like the ComputerWorld one the best:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115RN-Legal_Threats

The Top 500 Fastest Machines On The Planet

Last week, the list of Top 500 fastest machines was revealed again. Number One is IBM with its Blue Gene/L that was made for the U.S Dept of Energy. IBM actually made it in the Top 10 a whopping 4 times, and pushed NEC out of its numero uno slot. SGI holds number two, with its Altrix machine. Despite the diversity in the higher levels, (there is even a machine that uses Apple servers) it's mainly IBM and HP that rule the roost with respectively 216 IBM machines and 173 by HP. Here is the link, too bad they do not also have the OS that these machines are running in their database, but still very interesting browsing here:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115RN-Top500_Machines

Religious OS Wars, The Next Salvo

A lot of people sent me feedback about the claims from mi2g that Linux was a lot less secure than Windows. They pointed out some glaring "outpoints" and referred me to a few articles over at The Register site. When you read them you definitely start to wonder because for each claim there is a counterclaim. Many people said that they could not let this claim unchallenged! 8-)

You can query the content or you can query the messenger. In the case of mi2g, here is a link that does a good job at discrediting the messenger. They say that mi2g is high on the "hysteria roll call".
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115RN-OS_Wars

Next, which one really is more secure? Read this article and then draw your own conclusions.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115RN-Secure

And really, many of us run both Linux and Windows, and if you want to stay secure on all your many platforms there is no better and easier way than to use SNSI and scan for all known holes in both Linux and and Windows. It's now part of a limited time, unbeatable security pack you can find at:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115RN-Security_Pack

  THIRD PARTY NEWS

First In True Enterprise Ready Anti-Spyware!

Sunbelt has been carrying PestPatrol Corporate Edition since June this year, but we have been uncharacteristically quiet about the product. We looked at what PestPatrol had built and our conclusion was that this was not ready yet for the enterprise. To us it was clear that this was a consumer product retooled for network use. We decided we could do a better job, and were also motivated by the fact that PestPatrol was sold to Computer Associates. So our developers have been working very hard these last months and Sunbelt is excited to announce a preview of CounterSpy Enterprise[tm].

This second-generation utility was built from the ground up for enterprise deployment. It supports Active Directory, is policy-based and has a strong Central Admin Console with at least 4 different ways you can deploy the agent to your workstations. It's NOT a consumer product that was retooled for networks. It does it all, the right way, the first time. I have personally shown this to dozens of system admins, and they all confirmed it is far ahead of any other product out there.

Let's look at some examples. SpySweeper has a heavy consumer background, They are new to the enterprise and their prices are very high. PestPatrol does not support Active Directory, and Tenebril's SpyCatcher really is client-only and has a remote control tool bolted on, but doesn't provide a full-featured centralized administration. Enough said, you get the idea. They are all like this; not really ready for prime time.

A CounterSpy Enterprise Preview Edition will be available in November, and gold code will be shipped before the end of the year. Here is a sneak peak of the features and screenshots. Make sure you check the executive summary report in the resources section. No downloads are available yet, but there is a recorded live demo webcast you can watch.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115TP-CounterSpy_Enterprise

We strongly suggest you get in touch with your Sunbelt Rep, and get a new quote for CounterSpy Enterprise. You will be pleasantly surprised when you see the pricing, and there is a year-end special discount available.

Spyware has become the Number One IT headache. We have a great solution coming out very soon! If you purchased an "enterprise spyware solution" from another vendor, you are able to benefit from our generous competitive upgrade offer. Call your Rep or Reseller if you have any further questions.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115TP-CounterSpy_Enterprise

If you want to see a live demo, schedule yourself in for this:

You have been invited to attend a Microsoft Office Live Meeting. At the time of the meeting, click on the following link to attend.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115TP-CSE_Live_Demo

Subject: CounterSpy Enterprise Preview
When: Monday, Nov 15, 2004 3:00 PM (EST)
Scheduled to Occur: Once
Duration: 1 Hour
Audio Information: 800-416-4956 or 302-709-8433 PIN 76460759#

Click to add to your Outlook calendar:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115TP-Add_Outlook

Alternate Attend Instructions:

SNSI Update: Still More Vulnerabilities

New vulnerability updates for this release include 3 new Windows checks, bringing the total Windows checks to 2299.

  • 7 new Linux checks, bringing the total to 629.
  • 2 new HP-UX checks, bringing the total to 99.
  • 2 new Solaris checks, bringing the total to 249
SNSI uses the latest Mitre Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) list of computer incidents. It also contains the latest SANS/FB vulnerability list. SNSI also uses the latest CIAC Microsoft and FedCIRC (Department of Homeland Security) advisories. SNSI is now part of a limited time, unbeatable security pack you can find at:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115TP-SNSI_Security_Pack
  FAVE LINKS

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

  PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

The Sunbelt Security Pack Is Baaaaack!

We had a special in September. Bundled three security tools together and basically you paid only for one. But a lot of people said that it was impossible to get a PO through their lines so fast, and were really disappointed the bundle was no longer available! So, we decided to bring it back, but make it even better. We threw in 10 copies of the new CounterSpy! So here is the new bundle offer, valid till Dec 31, 2004 so that you have a bit more time to get it approved! The Retail prices are: LanHound $743.75, ServerVision $623.75 for a 10-pack, CounterSpy $199.50 for a 10-pack and SNSI is $1,868.75 per admin. Total $3,436.25, but the bundle price is only $1,995.00 ... including one year maintenance for all products!
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=041115PW-Security_Pack