MY PROFILE | PRIVACY 
Vol. 15, #25 - Jun 7, 2010 - Issue #783
Cyber War Is Here

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editor's Corner
    • Cyber War Is Here
    • Come See Us At TechEd in New Orleans, June 7-10, Booth #701
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Introducing VIPRE Enterprise Premium, Version 4.0 - 6/15
    • VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 6/22
    • Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving - 6/29
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Do You Have The Cloud Skills To Pay The Bills?
    • And Here Are 7 IT Cloud Certification Programs Worth the Cash
    • Intel's New 32-CORE Chip Is Its Fastest Processor Ever
    • Managing Applications With Windows 7's AppLocker
    • Redmond Plans Gigantic Patch Tuesday Next Week
    • Are Computers Male or Female?
  5. Windows Server News
    • Optimizing Hyper-V Cluster Performance Among Multiple Sites
  6. Third Party News
    • InfoWorld: Macs Under Attack By High-Risk Spyware
    • Sunbelt Releases Macintosh Agent for VIPRE Enterprise
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Powerful, Self-service Password Reset Solution
Powerful, Self-service Password Reset Solution

myPassword is a simple yet powerful, self-service password reset solution that enables users to reset forgotten passwords and unlock their accounts. The current version now supports password history on self-service password resets. Administrators continue to set the number of passwords that must be retained before one can be re-used, but are no longer required to manually enforce password history. Users can securely reset their own passwords after answering custom, predefined questions and myPassword automatically enforces password history.
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-myPassword

Editor's Corner

Cyber War Is Here

This Memorial Day weekend I thought was an appropriate time to read a new book called 'Cyber War' by Richard Clarke, who served as a White House security advisor for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. He has a bit of a reputation to be paranoid, but even if half of what he claims is true, this is not pretty. Obviously I'm well aware of the criminal elements on the Net, and what they do, but I was not quite up-to-date on the details what specialized foreign cyber war and cyber spy units have been doing in our infrastructure. Not much good I can tell you. Let me quote him:

"The possibilities of what we stand to lose in an all-out cyber war -- our individual and national security among them -- are nothing but chilling. A broad-based cyber attack on our nation's infrastructure could keep the power grid off-line for weeks, pipelines unable to move oil and gas, trains sidelined, airlines grounded, banks unable to dispense cash, distribution systems crippled, and hospitals working at severely limited capacity."

You can imagine the results of this by yourself. Clarke is arguing for a new Cyber Command (and guess what was announced this week?) and wants this command to focus on three things he calls the Defensive Triad:
  1. Harden and defend the Tier 1 Backbone ISP
  2. Harden the controls of our electric grid (that means NO 'smartgrid' by the way, as that makes things an order of magnitude worse)
  3. Increase security of the Defense Department's networks and weapons.
What I was surprised to hear about is that it is -known- that there are, as we speak, logical bombs in our electric grid, placed there by foreign cyber war units, that can be triggered when they want. And we cannot stop them at the moment. As former Admiral McConnell has noted: "Because we are the most developed technologically - we have the most bandwidth running through our society and are more dependent on that bandwidth - we are the most vulnerable". Scary but true.

More over, U.S. Defense forces do not have the mandate to protect private industry. If another nation-state attacks our national infrastructure, we are in deep doo-doo. William J. Lynn III, Deputy Secretary of Defense said this week:

"The eye blinks in just over 300 milliseconds. In that time a computer message can travel twice around the world, transmitting a virus or malicious computer code across the Internet to disrupt or destroy crucial military networks. U.S. Cyber Command will be led by a four-star general and be part of the military's Strategic Command. It will bring together a half dozen military organizations that each play a role in cyber operations. A single chain of command will run from the head of Cyber Command to units around the world. When this country was founded, enemy ships crossed the oceans in days. By World War II, aircraft crossed in hours. During the Cold War, missiles could do it in minutes. Now, cyber attacks can strike in less than the blink of an eye. In the face of this threat, the U.S. military must be ready to defend our country at network speed."

That is all good and well, but please pay attention to the Tier 1 backbone and our electric grid at the same time please? I don't think that is asking for the impossible. And for all admins out there, check your Disaster Recovery Plan and do a trial run. Here is a link to Clarke's book:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Cyber-War


Come See Us At TechEd in New Orleans, June 7-10, Booth #701

Would be great if you can make it. I'll be there too. Why attend Tech·Ed 2010? Because you'll return to the office with cutting-edge insights and expertise that will make life easier for you (and everyone else) at work. Immerse yourself in hundreds of IT learning opportunities, and collaborate with Microsoft innovators, third party leaders, and thousands of your IT peers, building connections that will last beyond your days at Tech·Ed. Next issue will be a TechEd Special!

And of course, the chance to win a special VIPRE-themed Ducati 848 Superbike if you enter at our booth #701. Check these new really cool shots:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-VIPRE-Bike

Rules of the drawing here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Ducati

Register for Tech.Ed in New Orleans, June 7-10 here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-TechED


Quotes of the Week

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." -- Lewis Carroll

"In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd." -- Miguel de Cervantes

"Most of the things worth doing in the world have been declared impossible before they were done." -- Louis D. Brandeis




Warm regards, and thank you for being a WServerNews subscriber. No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced. Please tell your friends about us. They can subscribe here: url>http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Subscribe
PS: Did you know this newsletter has a sister publication for XP users called WXPnews? You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-WXPNews

PPS: And now we have our new Win7News! You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-WIN7News

Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

Get Answers in our LIVE daily Demo of VIPRE Enterprise v.4

Register for a live demonstration of VIPRE Enterprise Version 4.


Register for a live demonstration of VIPRE Enterprise Version 4.
  • See VIPRE Enterprise Version 4 live and in action
  • Learn about the features and functionality
  • Receive tips and best practices for configuration
  • Get LIVE answers to your questions from our Support team.
  • VIPRE Enterprise Version 4 combines antivirus, antispyware, client firewall (with VIPRE Enterprise Premium) and malicious website filtering technologies into a single agent to protect against the ever-changing wave of malware in the most comprehensive, highly efficient manner.
Register for one of our daily demos today and learn why VIPRE delivers all the necessary endpoint security you need, and nothing you don't:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Daily-Webinars

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Ensure 24/7 service with joBot, AD Robot. Automated email alerts mean you spend less time tracking AD objects and more time on critical IT tasks:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-joBot

Comprehensive Windows Change Management - WhatChanged Free Trial. Monitor Windows change with WhatChanged. Improve availability, accelerate troubleshooting. Free Trial!
www.prismmicrosys.com/WhatChanged

Download a Free Network Management Tool Suite. ScriptLogic's sl360 Tool Suite consolidates dozens of network management and network monitoring tools into a single, integrated interface and it's FREE!
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-sl360

Noticed a unusual download at Microsoft, it turned out to be a RDP manager. I downloaded it and it does all what I want in a great RDP tool:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-RDP-Manager

Top 6 Traffic Monitoring Tools. Respondents were allowed to list open source or commercial tools on any platform:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Traffic-Monitoring


Webinars & Seminars

Introducing VIPRE Enterprise Premium, Version 4.0 - 6/15

Be among the first to see Sunbelt's new VIPRE Enterprise Premium Version 4.0 - powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection. The new premium version combines antivirus, antispyware, and now client firewall and malicious website filtering technologies, into a single agent to protect against the ever-changing wave of malware in the most comprehensive, highly efficient manner.

Join us to hear how our approach to malware protection is different. We translated our years of experience in detecting and remediating sophisticated malware into the next-generation endpoint protection technology, VIPRE - without building on older generation AV engines or other sourced technology components. VIPRE is fast, efficient technology in a single, powerful threat engine with low impact on system resources.

Take a deep dive into new features including scalable multi-site tiering and role-based access control. Plus, learn why VIPRE delivers all the necessary security functionality you need and nothing you don't.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-VIPRE-Premium


VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 6/22

Securing your Exchange Server is key to protecting your enterprise environment from spam, viruses, phishing, and other messaging threats. In this product demonstration, learn how the new version of VIPRE Email Security for Exchange (formerly Ninja Email Security) can help protect your network and cut your Exchange admin time in half with this powerful, policy-based email security product.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT. Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-VIPRE-Email-Security


Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving - 6/29

Exchange performance is suffering. Your users complain about email storage and don't want any quotas. Your CEO requires legal compliance. Want a high-end, feature-rich, admin-friendly product that solves all these issues at a very affordable price? Then don't miss this Sunbelt Exchange Archiver webinar.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Email-Archiving


Tech Briefing

Do You Have The Cloud Skills To Pay The Bills?

In order to be successful in the world of cloud computing, IT pros must have a high degree of proficiency and a particular set of skills. Find out if you're cut out for the cloud industry with this exclusive article:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Cloud-Skills


And Here Are 7 IT Cloud Certification Programs Worth the Cash

Professionals working as channel partners and IT pros looking to cash in on the cloud computing craze may want to start their quest in the classroom. The following seven technology certifications offer a great way to prove ones mettle in cloud-related skills such as virtualization, architecture and utility computing:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Cloud-Certification


Intel's New 32-CORE Chip Is Its Fastest Processor Ever

The chip, (called Knights Ferry, you wonder who comes up with that) 32-core server chip adds vector processing capabilities and delivers more than 500 gigaflops of performance. The chip's is the first in a new family of server chips called Knights, which the Intel claims is based on a new "many integrated core" architecture. Read More:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-32-Core-Chip


Managing Applications With Windows 7's AppLocker

Centrally managing applications in Windows 7 is critical for keeping your organization secure. Learn how Windows 7's new feature "AppLocker" offers the same protection as software restriction policies with functional changes that make it easy to manage and deploy:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-AppLocker


Redmond Plans Gigantic Patch Tuesday Next Week

Microsoft said it will deliver 10 security updates next week to patch a record-tying 34 vulnerabilities in Windows, IE, Office and SharePoint. Here is the advance notification:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Security-Bulletin


Are Computers Male or Female?

Somebody e-mailed this to me. It seems a Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. House, for instance, is feminine: la casa; pencil, however, is masculine: el lapiz.

A student asked, "What gender is computer?"

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that computer should definitely be of the feminine gender (la computadora), because:
  1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
  2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
  3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
  4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine (el computador), because:
  1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
  2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
  3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
  4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
-- The women won.

Windows Server News

Optimizing Hyper-V Cluster Performance Among Multiple Sites

Achieving optimal Hyper-V cluster performance among multiple sites can be a daunting task. This article provides expert tips for tweaking your default settings to ensure your Hyper-V clusters reach their peak potential. (registration required):
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Optimizing-Hyper-V


Third Party News

InfoWorld: Macs Under Attack By High-Risk Spyware

Well, all I can say is good timing by Sunbelt. First read this, next read the announcement below. They started out with:" All those employees at Google who reportedly feel a whole lot safer running Mac OS X instead of Windows might want to sit down for this: Security company Intego today announced that a high-risk spyware application called OSX/OpinionSpy is spreading via "a number of freely distributed Mac applications and screen savers found on a variety of Web sites." Under the guise of a "market research program," the spyware -- a variant of malware that's existed for Windows since 2008 -- is designed to collect a wealth of data on accessible local and network volumes, then send it off to its servers for likely unsavory uses. That data, according to Intego, may include user names, passwords, credit card numbers, Web browser bookmarks, and history."
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-Mac-Spyware


Sunbelt Releases Macintosh Agent for VIPRE Enterprise

Mac OS support now included for VIPRE Enterprise customers. This week, Sunbelt announced the addition of VIPRE(r) Enterprise for Mac to its VIPRE Enterprise product line. This new client software provides virus protection against a wide range of Macintosh-specific malicious threats, leveraging Sunbelt's award-winning VIPRE engine.

VIPRE Enterprise for Mac provides support for Macintosh computers running Mac OS X versions 10.5.6 and 10.6 and above. Designed with the Mac OS look and feel for an easy and positive user experience, it further expands the capabilities of VIPRE Enterprise.

"As the market adoption of the Macintosh platform continues to grow, so will the attention they receive from virus writers, making it all the more important to offer those users protection against threats," said Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software. "This is our first step in our support for the Mac platform, and is specifically targeted at enterprise customers. We are also planning for a release of a consumer/home version."

Leveraging VIPRE Enterprise for Mac, users will be able to run both scheduled and on-demand scans and view quarantine and scan history. Definition updates are downloaded from Sunbelt across the Internet. The product will also be able to detect and clean any Windows-specific malicious threats that may find their way onto a Mac system. New customers can purchase VIPRE Enterprise for Mac as part of VIPRE Enterprise on a per machine basis. Pricing includes the first year maintenance and starts at $28.36 per seat for 100 workstations with a sliding scale volume discount based on number of machines. A 50 percent competitive upgrade program is also in effect for users of competing products. In addition to its new support for Mac OS X versions, VIPRE is also compatible with both 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. 30-day evaluations of VIPRE Enterprise are available on Sunbelt Software's website at:
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-VIPRE-Enterprise-Premium


WServerNews Fave Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Powerful, Self-service Password Reset Solution

myPassword is a simple yet powerful, self-service password reset solution that enables users to reset forgotten passwords and unlock their accounts. The current version now supports password history on self-service password resets. Administrators continue to set the number of passwords that must be retained before one can be re-used, but are no longer required to manually enforce password history. Users can securely reset their own passwords after answering custom, predefined questions and myPassword automatically enforces password history.
http://www.wservernews.com/100607-myPassword