HIPAA Kicks In This Month; You Need Spyware Protection
Many employers are scrambling to get HIPAA-compliant. For instance,
a national disability management company just put into place some
kind of content filtering app for their WAN. But a lot of the case
managers have company laptops and can connect into their VPN from
home. They all work with confidential medical data.
Many of the laptops have freebie anti-spyware but it's not an
enterprise version. There's no telling what kind of junkware people
have on these company computers. One case worker got a company
laptop but the person who had used it before had downloaded one
of the rogue anti-spyware apps -- and it was one that actually
installs adware. Luckily this was a spyware-literate case worker
so she called the IT folks quickly and got that off.
Also many of this kind of employees use their home computers
for work. And then their kids use the computers to download who-knows-what. A real recipe for disaster. Most of these users are
not computer literate, much less understand about IT security.
Companies that have these kinds of environments should seriously
consider CounterSpy Enterprise. For instance physicians' groups,
large and small, are going online, having their patients' medical
info available 24/7 from anywhere. All these organizations need
enterprise spyware protection to guard their patients' confidential
Just as an example, this is the latest spyware threat database
update number 145 for CS Enterprise.
Added from Microsoft:
False positives fixed:
As you can see, there is a lot of stuff being added on a regular
basis. Download a 30-day eval here, and scan your whole network to
find out how badly infected your machines are:
Unisys Offers Long-distance Fail-over
ComputerWorld reported that Unisys Corp. this week released a
business continuity system for its Intel-based ES7000 Windows
servers, saying the technology will allow fail-over to a backup
site thousands of miles away and recovery within 30 minutes.
The system, called SafeGuard 30m, is the first in a series of
offerings Unisys officials said will be released in the coming
months under the company's broad Real-Time Infrastructure
initiative, also announced this week. The RTI, which basically
is similar to the on-demand and adaptive computing concepts
advocated by other IT vendors, will include system tools for
infrastructure management, consolidation, modeling and migration.
Depending on the size of the deployment, SafeGuard 30m costs
$200,000 to $1.2 million, Unisys said.
My 2 cents: Yowser! That's cheap at twice the price... er, half
the price... or half the price of the tax would be cheap.
Double-Take can do that too for literally a fraction of that.
Article at ComputerWorld:
CounterSpy Wins Laptop Magazine Editors' Choice Award
CounterSpy Gets A Five-Star Rating, and Beats out Microsoft
Antispyware, Webroot Spy Sweeper, McAfee, and StopZilla
April 27, 2005 Sunbelt Software announced that its antispyware
product, CounterSpy, has received the Laptop Magazine Editors'
Choice in the magazine's May issue. The review, in which
CounterSpy received a five-star rating, compared five antispyware
products: Sunbelt CounterSpy, McAfee Antispyware, Microsoft
Antispyware, StopZilla, and Webroot Spy Sweeper. According to
the review, "there's a new antispyware sheriff in town...
CounterSpy is everything you'd want and need in a spyware killer,
and then some."
Each product was judged on what it detected, what it permanently
deleted, and how effective it was at recognizing and preventing
unauthorized system modifications and other incoming attacks.
Other evaluation criteria included the user interface, how much
useful information was supplied with each tagged threat, and
how easy it was to automate after the first couple of sweeps.
First Look: Symantec's So-So Spyware Protection
Well, like I said in the last issue, Symantec's antispyware isn't
up to snuff either. You could call it "promising" at best. Mary
Landesman, PC World's expert on antispyware made the new Norton
Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition go through its paces.
Not very pretty. Here are some numbers she came up with: "33Meg
download, installs 314MB of files, 11 services, 3 startup items,
2 toolbars and 2 BHO's. Result: 8 additional processes running
in memory, which made my test system noticeably less responsive."
Symantec did not get a good spyware catch score either. The best
test you can do is the following. Download a free trial version
of Vmware, create a virtual machine, download Kazaa and see who
cleans the most spyware. You can't survive with 32% detection.
You can't survive with 60% detection. You need at least 90-100%
detection in order to actually be able to clean those systems.
Otherwise, you're right back to reformatting hard drives.
I actually installed the new Norton on my PC in the office. After
15 minutes I uninstalled it, as my pretty fast box slowed down to
a point where is became a nuisance. Mary's last two lines were:
"For the best overall protection, however, I'd recommend combining
two separate products. I like Trend Micro's $50 PC-cillin Internet
Security Suite 2005 for its virus protection, firewall, and spam
filtering, combined with Sunbelt Software's highly effective $20
CounterSpy for spyware protection. Full PC World article at: