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Vol. 16, #13 - Apr 4, 2011 - Issue #822
Critical NASA Network Was Open To Cyber Attack

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Critical NASA Network Was Open To Cyber Attack
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 4/5
    • VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 4/12
    • VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 4/26
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Redmond: Run IE9 For Long-Lasting Laptop Battery
    • Danger, Danger! Newbies At Work!
    • What A Cyberwar With China Might Look Like
    • Will Office 365 Get You Fired?
  5. Windows Server News
    • Five Silly VMware Administrator Mistakes
    • Analyzing Today'S Hybrid Cloud Architectures
    • Assessing Your Desktop Virtualization Needs
    • Fighting Off Microsoft Hyper-V Security Hacks
  6. Third Party News
    • VIPRE Should Win All The Awards.
    • GFI response to Samsung Keylogger Issue
    • VIPRE Enterprise 4.0 - Console Update 3 / Agent Update 2 - Beta
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Switch To VIPRE! Check Out This Competitive Upgrade Program
Switch To VIPRE! Check Out This Competitive Upgrade Program

GFI Software Makes it Easy to Switch to VIPRE Antivirus Business Fast and Easy Security at a Great Price - $10/$12 per seat. GFI Software announces its $10/$12 per seat competitive upgrade program to VIPRE Antivirus Business and VIPRE Business Premium for existing customers of popular antivirus and endpoint security products from any competing antivirus product. The upgrade program provides new licenses of VIPRE Antivirus Business at an aggressive $10/$12 per seat, up to 60% off the normal list price and is being offered in an effort to help small and medium businesses solve the current problems with their existing antivirus solutions, which include slow performance and difficult management. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Switch-to-VIPRE

Editor's Corner

Critical NASA Network Was Open To Cyber Attack

It does not happen often that I get a bit miffed, but this takes the cake. Shame on the responsible people, whoever they are. Perhaps the words 'criminal negligence' are a bit much, but wow, think of what could have gone wrong by simply not patching those servers...

A recent report by NASA's Inspector General (IG) shows that when they ran port scans using Nmap, and performed NESSUS vulnerability scans, six servers exposed to the Internet had critical vulnerabilities that could have endangered Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Hubble Telescope missions.

These holes would have been found by a security oversight program the agency agreed to last year but hasn't yet implemented, as per their own IG report which you can find below. Dang, if I would be the system or network admin, I would have come in on a Saturday and fixed them in my own time. Space Shuttle? Hubble missions? DANG. Grrr. (PDF)
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-NASA-Audit


Quotes of the Week

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure." -- Peter Marshall

"You never find yourself until you face the truth." -- Pearl Bailey

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:
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PS. Did you ever look at the derivation of the word neglect? Interesting:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Neglect

PPS: 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/110404-WXPnews

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

Switch To VIPRE! Check Out This Competitive Upgrade Program

GFI Software Makes it Easy to Switch to VIPRE Antivirus Business Fast and Easy Security at a Great Price - $10/$12 per seat. GFI Software announces its $10/$12 per seat competitive upgrade program to VIPRE Antivirus Business and VIPRE Business Premium for existing customers of popular antivirus and endpoint security products from any competing antivirus product. The upgrade program provides new licenses of VIPRE Antivirus Business at an aggressive $10/$12 per seat, up to 60% off the normal list price and is being offered in an effort to help small and medium businesses solve the current problems with their existing antivirus solutions, which include slow performance and difficult management. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Switch-to-VIPRE

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Webinars & Seminars

VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 4/5

Join us for a look at VIPRE Antivirus Business, powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection, which combines antivirus and antispyware into a single agent. Plus take a deep dive into other new features including scalable multi-site tiering and role-based access control:

11:00AM EDT / 8:00AM PDT / 15:00PM GMT
Date: Tue, Apr 5, 2011
Location: This is an Internet based event.
Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-VIPRE-Product-Demo


VIPRE Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration - 4/12

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:

2:00PM EDT / 11:00AM PT / 18:00 GMT
Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2011
Location: This is an Internet based event.
Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-VIPRE-Email-Demo


VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 4/26

Join us for a look at VIPRE Antivirus Business, powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection, which combines antivirus and antispyware into a single agent. Plus take a deep dive into other new features including scalable multi-site tiering and role-based access control:

2:00PM EDT / 11:00AM PT / 18:00 GMT
Date: Tue, Apr 26, 2011
Location: This is an Internet based event.
Register here:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-VIPRE-Business-Demo


Tech Briefing

Redmond: Run IE9 For Long-Lasting Laptop Battery

In a long blog post filled with all kinds of graphs, three Microsoft managers claimed that on a Windows 7 laptop with a 56 Watt/hour battery, IE9 could be used for three hours and 45 minutes before exhausting the power supply. (The "56 Watt/hour" designation means that the battery can provide 56 Watts of power for one hour before it's drained.)

The closest competitor was Mozilla's Firefox 4, which came in at 3 hours and 35 minutes, just 10 minutes shy of IE9.
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Browser-Battery-Comparison


Danger, Danger! Newbies At Work!

An anonymous IT Pro in an article at InfoWorld finds that a lack of employee computer experience, combined with no data backup plan, invites disaster. This is an interesting and fun article:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Newbies-at-Work


What A Cyberwar With China Might Look Like

Computerworld - It's August 2020. A powerful and rising China wants to bring the city-state of Singapore into its fold as it has with Hong Kong, Macau and Taipei. Its first physical attacks against Singaporean assets are still weeks away. But already, China has launched a massive cyber campaign, designed largely to degrade and disrupt the communications capabilities of the U.S., Japan and other allied nations.

Members of the Chinese military's 60,000 strong cyber warfare group have deeply penetrated U.S. defense, government and corporate networks and are already manipulating and controlling them. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-China-Cyberwar


Will Office 365 Get You Fired?

The easy-to-use solution that removes the infrastructure concerns, the clustering worries, and other time-consuming aspects of Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync might put some Exchange admins on edge about their job prospects. Read More over at Peter Buzzese's InfoWorld Blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Office-365


Windows Server News

Five Silly VMware Administrator Mistakes

Face it: VMware administrators make mistakes all the time. It's part of the learning process. That said, some mistakes are downright silly. Find out how to avoid five common VMware administrator slip-ups in this expert tip:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-VMware-Mistakes


Analyzing Today'S Hybrid Cloud Architectures

At this point, just about everyone claims to provide private or public cloud offerings. There are a fewer vendors, however, that profess to offer hybrid cloud. This featured tutorial analyzes today's hybrid cloud offerings and details how to best adopt this cloud service:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Cloud-Architectures


Assessing Your Desktop Virtualization Needs

Before you jump on the desktop virtualization bandwagon, you need to figure out whether your organization can benefit from the technology. This exclusive tip will help you assess whether desktop virtualization is right for your organization:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Desktop-Virtualization-Needs


Fighting Off Microsoft Hyper-V Security Hacks

Although hypervisors are built with security in mind, a sloppy Hyper-V host configuration can still open up your servers to a wide range of exploits. Gain insight into important security considerations for Hyper-V in this popular article:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Hyper-V-Security-Hacks


Third Party News

VIPRE Should Win All The Awards.

We got this email: "I finally gave up on Norton and the others and moved to VIPRE. I read your newsletter each time and have noted the free assistance with viruses etc. I thought -- I will never need that since I keep all my software up to date. Guess what. I did indeed get some malware that was quite serious. VIPRE did not catch it. So after a lot of reading on your web site, and trying all the things you suggest - I had to call.

Being the weekend, I figured I was just going to live with it until Monday, but again, guess what, my email and my call were answered. The suggestions I was given did the trick and I was back up and running in short order. People who read your stuff probably do not realize you really mean it - nor do they realize just how valuable that service is.

I liked VIPRE before. I LOVE it now and recommend it. Don't get big and quit your EXCELLENT product and support. - D.E, Texas

GFI response to Samsung Keylogger Issue

Alex Eckelberry, General Manager, GFI Security explains what the situation is with the Starlogger keylogger and Samsung Laptops. In short, a false positive:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Samsung-Laptops


VIPRE Enterprise 4.0 - Console Update 3 / Agent Update 2 - Beta

We are very pleased to announce our upcoming Beta releases for the VIPRE Enterprise family of products. These betas pertain to both the console (Update 3) and agent software (Update 2).

This is a very comprehensive update, with a number of enhancements and fixes designed to improve the overall functionality, performance, stability, and ease-of-use of the product.

As of March 31, 2011, the following Betas are currently available:
  • VIPRE Enterprise server: 4.0.4537 (Update 3 - Beta 1) - English Only
  • VIPRE Enterprise agent: 4.0.4164 (Update 2 - Beta 1) - English Only
Please note: VIPRE Enterprise Premium and CounterSpy Enterprise will become available in Beta soon. An announcement will be made once available.

The headline features for these updates are as follows:

Foreign Languages
  • Introduces German and Italian language option for the VIPRE Site Service (VSS) and agents.
  • Agent languages can be defined on a per-policy basis, allowing admins to take advantage of multi-language agents via a single console. (Note: Foreign languages not available in CounterSpy Enterprise)
Hybrid Agent Support
  • Beta agents can now be easily installed via the console at a policy level, allowing administrators to easily install/upgrade agents to betas.
  • In VIPRE Enterprise Premium, an added convenience feature will allow administrators to deploy either a VIPRE Enterprise Premium or a VIPRE Enterprise (non-premium) agent by policy via a single console.
VSS Update Scheduling
  • Administrators can now specify exact times that the VIPRE Site Service will check for definition updates. This is beneficial for sites that are constrained by low-bandwidth connectivity, as well as regions where bandwidth metering may be a concern.
Improved Detection Technology
  • Enhancements to Active Protection allow for improved remediation of malware, including Conficker.
  • Improvements have been made to our rootkit engine technology.
  • Improvements have also been made to the boot-time cleaner.
Usability Improvements for New Installations
  • On brand new console installations, an informational dialog will be displayed when the console is opened if less than five agents are installed. This dialog contains references pertaining to agent installation prerequisites, firewall configuration prerequisites, information about our competitive antivirus product uninstallers, as well as additional resources.
Default Remediation Handling
  • On brand new installations only, the Default policy will no longer be completely passive, and will now quarantine threats out-of-the-box by default. The exceptions to this are the "cookies" and "commercial remote control tools" categories, as these are set to "allow" and "report-only" respectively. Upgrades are not affected.
Bug Fixes
  • A bug in the VIPRE Enterprise Premium agent that could cause Cisco VPN client connectivity issues has been fixed.
  • Corrected the problem where the VIPRE Enterprise Premium agent could cause systems to lose network connectivity after an unspecified interval.
  • In addition, a number of bug fixes in both the console and agent are included.
For a complete list of changes, as well as instructions on how to download the betas, please visit the following pages on our Beta Forums:

VIPRE Enterprise (Console):
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-VPE-Console-Forum

VIPRE Enterprise (Agent):
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-VPE-Agent-Forum

VIPRE Enterprise Premium: COMING SOON
CounterSpy Enterprise: COMING SOON

Please report any problems or feedback to the Beta Forums under the respective product area.

WServerNews FAVE Links

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



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Switch To VIPRE! Check Out This Competitive Upgrade Program

GFI Software Makes it Easy to Switch to VIPRE Antivirus Business Fast and Easy Security at a Great Price - $10/$12 per seat. GFI Software announces its $10/$12 per seat competitive upgrade program to VIPRE Antivirus Business and VIPRE Business Premium for existing customers of popular antivirus and endpoint security products from any competing antivirus product. The upgrade program provides new licenses of VIPRE Antivirus Business at an aggressive $10/$12 per seat, up to 60% off the normal list price and is being offered in an effort to help small and medium businesses solve the current problems with their existing antivirus solutions, which include slow performance and difficult management. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/110404-Switch-to-VIPRE