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Vol. 16, #7 - Feb 21, 2011 - Issue #816
Finally - Artificial Intelligence Beats Humans. But How?

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Finally - Artificial Intelligence Beats Humans. But How?
    • Do Me A Big 30-second Favor?
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • The Register: Protecting Users from Themselves - Feb 23
    • 6 Common Mistakes Businesses Make With Antivirus Software - Mar 3
    • Webinar: Ensuring Your Organization's Integrity and Security in a Digital World - Mar 17
  4. Tech Briefing
    • How To Fix 5 Persistent Windows Irritations
    • Stuxnet Had Five Distinct Targets
    • eHarmony Site SQL Injected
    • Security Spending Grabs Greater Share Of IT Budgets
    • How Security Company HBGary Was Hacked
  5. Windows Server News
    • The Pros and Cons of Virtual Patching
    • VMware Products 101: Super Definitions
    • Comparing Four Cloud Computing Strategies
    • Creating A Simple VDI Backup Plan
    • Virtualization Security: How Vulnerable Is Your Hypervisor?
  6. Third Party News
    • Microsoft SQL Server Roadmap Telebriefing
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Speed Matters: VIPRE Antivirus is the Fastest Antivirus
Speed Matters: VIPRE Business is the Fastest Antivirus

VIPRE Business has the fastest real-time protection against 5 major competitors according to a comprehensive test by a leading independent testing organization in November 2010. VIPRE processed 4,500 megabytes of file data in 195 seconds, compared to a benchmark of 127 seconds; the next closest competitor processed the same data in 233 seconds. Complete results are available upon request from your rep:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Speed-Matters

Editor's Corner

Finally - Artificial Intelligence Beats Humans. But How?

It's here. Humans were no match for the machines. This week on TV, the Watson computer system built by IBM handily defeated two former "Jeopardy" champions. It's not the first time either, as in 1997 an IBM supercomputer named Deep Blue defeated Chess Master Gary Kasparov. But how much hardware does it take to beat humans in Jeopardy?

Watson's hardware specs are impressive: 90 IBM Power 750 servers using 15 terabytes of RAM and 2,880 processor cores, but it is IBM's DeepQA tech that is doing the 'thinking". Under development for many years, IBM says the code software represents a leap forward in the maturity of intelligent systems and language processing in general. What's more, due to feedback algorithms, Watson evinces an ability to learn from correct and incorrect answers. This is something historic, and this video shows how it works. Warmly recommended:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Watson


Do Me A Big 30-second Favor?

Great news, VIPRE is a Finalist in the Reader's Choice award for best antivirus. In order to become the winner, we need lots of votes here:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Vote-For-VIPRE

Your Vote for VIPRE will be HIGHLY appreciated. Thanks in advance! Stu

Quotes of the Week

"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." - Galileo Galilei born this week in 1564.

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

VIPREŽ Email Security for Exchange

Email security moves to the next generation with antivirus, malware protection and antispam software for Microsoft Exchange Server. The time required to manage Exchange has become a highly important cost factor. VIPRE for Exchange takes HALF the admin time compared to other products. VIPRE for Exchange was recently VBSpam Certified by Virus Bulletin! Get your 30-day eval here:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-VIPRE-For-Exchange

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Simplify your life with mPowerTools - 100+ Reports - tackle AD chores in bulk - a search & replace tool - you'll never script again AND NO third party databases!
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Namescape

Do RSA in one minute. 19 Hot products from RSA 2011:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-RSA-in-a-Minute

rDirectory's Community Edition is a pre-configured, easy to use, web-based directory and search engine that downloads in just minutes - and it's absolutely free!
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-rDirectory


Webinars & Seminars

The Register: Protecting Users from Themselves - Feb 23

The Register: Protecting Users from Themselves (Because Yesterday's Security Doesn't Work) "The problem with making things foolproof is that we keep evolving a better class of fool", as the old saying goes. And nowhere is this more true than in security where breaches remain regular and commonplace despite all the investment that has gone into it. Part of the problem is that we expect users to be experts in security, when in reality what they want to do is be successful in their job and will hunt out ways to make this happen. If security gets in the way, there will be a workaround. New devices and services give user much more to choose from, and more problems for IT to solve.

Join our experts as they discuss these issues in hopes of getting to the heart of the problem of securing end users and protecting them from their own actions.

1:00PM EST/ 10:00AM PST / 6:00PM GMT
Date: Wed, Feb 23, 2011
Location: This is an Internet based event
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Webinar-Feb-23


6 Common Mistakes Businesses Make With Antivirus Software - Mar 3

Thursday, March 3, 2011 1:00PM EST / 10:00AM PST / 6:00PM GMT

The rapidly evolving malware landscape facing businesses today makes protecting against threats ever more challenging. But the time and resources required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot security solutions decreases the productivity of IT organizations. The key to maximum network protection is to use a layered security approach based on next-generation malware detection technologies that are designed for ease of management, high performance, and cost effectiveness.

Intended for IT directors, managers and system administrators, this live FREE webinar will connect you with top security experts who'll share best practices and common mistakes to avoid with your AV strategy. Join and you'll learn about:
  • The latest threats that exploit un-patched systems and social engineering
  • The essential steps to keeping your fleet of computers secure
  • How next-gen AV solutions provide comprehensive security functionality without sacrificing performance and ease of management
A Chance to Win: Live attendees will be entered for a chance to win an iPod Nano.
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Webinar-Mar-3


Webinar: Ensuring Your Organization's Integrity and Security in a Digital World - Mar 17

You can't watch the TV or surf the web today without over the top advertisements stating that your PC is probably infected with a virus that is slowing it down and causing permanent damage. Although the advertisements are often misleading, the reality is that viruses and other types of malware can cripple an organization-destroying productivity and reputation, especially if an organization becomes the source of a malware outbreak for a customer. In this seminar, we'll look at the common types of malware, how they attack, and the methods to mitigate them-including looking at multiple layers of security and malware protection with emphasis on end-point protection and the key features that should be considered when choosing your end-point protection approach and best practices.

12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT / 5:00PM GMT
Date: Thu, Mar 17, 2011
Location: This is an Internet based event.
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Webinar-Mar-17


Tech Briefing

How To Fix 5 Persistent Windows Irritations

J Peter Bruzzese at InfoWorld wrote: "You know how it is: A big problem gets your immediate attention, and you deal with it right then and there. But some problems, though annoying, aren't sufficiently irritating to divert me from my priorities. They malinger until I finally have time to handle them. For these five Windows desktop and server irritations, now is that time. It turns out they're bugging other people, too; I found these fixes on the Web, shared by folks who were irritated enough to solve them. In that spirit, here are the solutions to five Windows nuisances that have been bugging me for a while. Now, they won't annoy you any more, either.
  1. Turning off Google ads and tracking
  2. Blocking websites from sharing your personal information
  3. Circumventing Windows Server's constant security warnings
  4. Blocking Windows Server's shutdown tracker
  5. Fixing a wireless connection that doesn't automatically reconnect
Here they are:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Windows-Irritations


Stuxnet Had Five Distinct Targets

Symantec reported that the Stuxnet worm was designed to attack five distinct industrial facilities in Iraq. The attacks were launched from a base of 10 infected machines and were responsible for 12,000 infections. The attacks took place over a 10-month period. Researchers also learned that Stuxnet is structured to store the location and type of machine infected. Here's the PDF:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Stuxnet


eHarmony Site SQL Injected

Don't let this happen to you! Lock down the SQL queries. Like,... now.

An attack on a separate 'advice site' of dating site eHarmony has prompted them to urge all users to change their passwords. They believe the attack was done by a hacker from Argentina who recently launched a similar attack on the PlentyOfFish dating site. The hacker used a SQL injection attack to gain access to a file that contained user names, email addresses and hashed passwords. eHarmony said that the database that was breached is separate from the dating site database. Protect your websites from SQL injection attacks! All the details at:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-SQL-Injection-Attack


Security Spending Grabs Greater Share Of IT Budgets

Businesses spent 8.2% of their IT budgets on security in 2007; last year it was 14%, according to a Forrester Research report. Inside organizations, security's importance is growing, as mirrored by its share of the IT budget: 8.2% in 2007, growing to 14% in 2010. Likewise, security is increasingly a board-level concern. Today, 54% of organizations have a chief information security officer that reports to a C-level executive, and 42% have one that reports to someone outside of the IT department. More at Infoweek:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-IT-Budgets


How Security Company HBGary Was Hacked

This story is super relevant for all of us. It's about KNOWING best practices and then not APPLYING them in your own environment. OUCH. Read this story, learn the lessons and actually apply them.
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-HBGary-Hack

HBGary had a copy of Stuxnet, the virus allegedly developed by U.S. and Israeli spy agencies to monkey wrench Iran's nuclear facilities, and may have been planning to use it for its own nefarious purposes. (Now, of course, Anonymous has that code. Nervous yet?)
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Stuxnet-Code

Here are the seven ways to avoid getting hacked by Anonymous:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Avoid-Getting-Hacked


Windows Server News

The Pros and Cons of Virtual Patching

I learned a new term this week: Virtual Patching. Lenny Zeltser talked about it in his security blog: "Virtual patching is the process of addressing a security vulnerability by blocking an attack vector that could exploit it. Let's take a look at the manner in which virtual patching is implemented and explore the pros and cons of such practices. I first heard the term virtual patching around 2003, when ISS integrated its vulnerability-scanning tool with its intrusion detection/prevention products to block exploits that targeted identified vulnerabilities. The usage of the term persisted; it now appears in the context of network and host-level IPS as well as database and web application security products. MORE:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Virtual-Patching


VMware Products 101: Super Definitions

Keeping track of VMware's constantly changing products and features is no simple task. Get a step ahead with this guide that explains the company's server virtualization, desktop virtualization and cloud computing offerings in-depth:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-VMware-Products-101


Comparing Four Cloud Computing Strategies

All too often when investing in cloud computing technology IT pros ignore the long-term strategies of cloud vendors. To understand how a cloud provider's plans can affect your environment, this featured article examines the strategies of four top vendors:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Cloud-Strategies


Creating A Simple VDI Backup Plan

Because desktop virtualization is a new and emerging technology, and because vendor offerings differ greatly from one another, backup strategies for VDI are far from standardized and little guidance is currently available. This expert tip explores two key areas to concentrate on when creating a backup plan for your virtual desktop infrastructure:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-VDI-Backup-Plan


Virtualization Security: How Vulnerable Is Your Hypervisor?

As security regulations continue to multiply, especially in relation to virtualization, the job of network administrators is constantly becoming more and more convoluted. Check out this tip to find expert advice on dealing with virtualization security in your virtual data center by taking preventative actions in terms of your hypervisor:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Virtualization-Security


Third Party News

Microsoft SQL Server Roadmap Telebriefing

SQL Server continues to grow in popularity, with tools such as PowerPivot helping Microsoft to make Business Intelligence (BI) appeal to new users who may have found it intimidating before. Many server products from Microsoft now take a dependency on SQL Server - increasing its footprint within the enterprise. With nearly a year of SQL Server 2008 R2 availability, one year of SQL Azure, and the announcement of SQL Server Denali, anticipated for late 2011 or early 2012 it's a good time to reflect upon and analyze the current SQL Server and SQL Azure capabilities. In addition to discussing the future of the SQL Server platform.

This TeleBriefing covers the capabilities of SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Azure, and discusses the improvements announced for SQL Server Denali.
Analyst: Wes Miller, Research VP, Server Applications
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. PST
Register for this TeleBriefing by clicking the link below:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-MS-SQL-Roadmap


WServerNews FAVE Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Speed Matters: VIPRE Antivirus is the Fastest Antivirus

VIPRE has the fastest real-time protection against 5 major competitors according to a comprehensive test by a leading independent testing organization in November 2010. VIPRE processed 4,500 megabytes of file data in 195 seconds, compared to a benchmark of 127 seconds; the next closest competitor processed the same data in 233 seconds. Complete results are available upon request from your rep:
http://www.wservernews.com/110221-Speed-Matters