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Vol. 16, #19 - May 16, 2011 - Issue #828

Survey: Patching Windows Is A Major Time Sink For IT Departments

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Survey: Patching Windows Is A Major Time Sink For IT Departments
    • Redmond Improves Exploitability Index Rating System
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • VIPREcast - The Security Education Checklist: The Top 10 Things You and Your Users Should - and Shouldn't - be Doing - 5/17
    • BriForum 2011: Register today
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Security Pros Launch Cybersecurity Index
    • Record-Breaking New Fiber Optic Cables Transmit 100 Terabits P/Sec
    • Click Here If You've Never Seen A Robot Play Angry Birds Before
    • Google Announces Plans to Advance, Consolidate Android Development
    • Cyber Crimewave Sweeps Canada
  5. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft Fixes Critical Worm Hole In Windows Server
    • Server Cluster Sizing: How Many VMs Is Too Many?
    • Convincing IT Security That Cloud's The Right Call
    • Avoid Application Compatibility Issues In Windows Server 2008 R2
  6. Third Party News
    • Hot Products At Interop 2011
    • Chromebook: Not -Another- Platform To Support?!
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week

mPowerTools - A Smart Move for Managing Active Directory Maintenance Coming on May 17, 2011 - mPowerTools v6.0!

This new release provides the ability to find and report on all the GPOs in your network: where they are linked, their status, who has permissions over them, and more!  Just a few of the new features include: three new GPO reporting tools and over 25 new GPO reports, over 40 new common properties and more than 90 new reports and a new tool for finding and reporting on Shares throughout your network. Get More Info Here

Editor's Corner

Survey: Patching Windows Is A Major Time Sink For IT Departments

NetworkWorld recently ran a very interesting survey! "The results to our Windows patching survey showed that rebooting servers after updates is highly disliked, followed by lack of manpower as those in IT have other duties as well, and that testing patches against other software before deployment is another major time eater for IT.

After asking, if IT departments were too slow to patch Windows, we asked our readers to participate in a survey about Windows patching and the results are in! Despite efforts to automate patches, patching Windows computers, both servers and clients, are still an incredible time sink for IT departments.

There were several IT people who pointed out a major problem in patching Windows is that the server then needs rebooted and often cannot be done during the day. Of the 171 responders, more IT departments test patches before rolling Windows updates out than don't, but the average amount of time that it takes to roll patches out after Microsoft's Patch Tuesday seemed to vary quite a bit. Check out these numbers: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305538815503

Redmond Improves Exploitability Index Rating System

Redmond improved its system to rate vulnerabilities for both newer and older platforms, in order to help you determine which fixes should be deployed first. The rating is based on how likely the particular hole will be used for an exploit. Their blog said: "The Exploitability Index will continue to provide an aggregate exploitability rating across all affected products, and the improvements made to Exploitability Index
will now offer additional information to help customers prioritize bulletins, specifically for the most recent platforms, e.g. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Office 2010." More at: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305538845689

Quotes of the Week

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." - Robert J. Hanlon

"You can't hold firewalls and intrusion detection systems accountable. You can only hold people accountable." - Daryl White, Chief Information Officer, Department of the Interior

"Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups." - Peter Davies

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CYBERHEIST - Give This Book To Your Boss

"The book is well crafted and an intoxicating read - I couldn't put it down." - Paul Wright

"Anyone who uses a computer connected to the Internet needs to know this information to protect themselves." - H. Heller

"As both an IT Pro and a businessman, I highly recommend this book for anyone concerned about online threats." - C. Contor

"Stu Sjouwerman informs in a way that managers can understand, and "techies" can relate to. He goes in detail about the oft-overlooked (and in my opinion THE most dangerous) part of online security: The Human Element." - Robert Folden

"If you fall victim to a cyberheist after reading Sjouwerman's book, shame on you." -- Dirk A. D. Smith

Buy and Read Cyberheist! http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305538948010-cyberheist

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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.namescape.com/Products/rDirectory.aspx?src=sbelt110516

Subscribe to the latest hot e-zine: CyberheistNews: 'Arming you with the facts'. Gets you ammo twice a month to defend your network against cybercrime: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539030737

Frustrated with gullible end-users causing malware infections? Find out who the culprits are in 10 minutes. Do the Free Phishing Security Test on 100 users!: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539051968

Webinars & Seminars

VIPREcast - The Security Education Checklist: The Top 10 Things You and Your Users Should - and Shouldn't - be Doing - 5/17

While you have the best intentions to keep employees up-to-date on how to stay safe from the latest security threats, the reality is that it likely falls by the wayside, trumped by other business priorities. In a recent GFI survey of VIPRE customers, 44% of respondents said they "sometimes" educate employees; 22% "rarely" educate; and 6% "never" educate.

Be honest: do your employees know right from wrong when it comes to working online? Are you regularly communicating security-related updates? Are you, as an IT professional, adhering to standard security best practices?

Attend this VIPREcast and walk away with key tactics and end-user notifications that you can implement immediately, including:

11:00AM EDT / 8:00AM PDT / 15:00 GMT
Date: Tue, May 17, 2011
Register now: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539097364-viprecast

BriForum 2011: Register Today

The most advanced, technical, hands-on desktop virtualization event is returning to Europe this May and Chicago this July. Independent industry experts, led by Brian Madden, share the latest tips and strategies around desktop virtualization, VDI, application virtualization, and Remote Desktop Services. Register today: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539129235-briforum

Tech Briefing

Security Pros Launch Cybersecurity Index

NetworkWorld has this interesting story about a new index. Dan Geer, co-creator said: "The index is an experiment that could prove to be a useful way to gauge the overall security situation online". He's the chief security officer of In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the Central Intelligence Agency.
A link to the actual index is here: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539153259-cybersecurityindex

"In April, the index rose to 1,021.6, up 2 percent from the March baseline of 1,000, indicating that experts' perception of the cybersecurity
situation has worsened. The fastest rising threats are malware, nation-state-sponsored attacks and risks from suppliers and service providers. The most significant cybersecurity improvement comes from the perception that information sharing is getting better."
Story at: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539187766-security-pros-launch-cybersecurity

Record-Breaking New Fiber Optic Cables Transmit 100 Terabits P/Sec

Popular Science came up with this interesting development: "Finally, someone has reached fiber optic speeds so fast we can't even think of how they could possibly be useful. Two separate research teams using different methods have topped the 100 terabits per second mark through a single optical fiber. That's enough data flow to download three seamless months worth of HD video in a single second.": http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539229746-top-100-terabit-second-speeds

Click Here If You've Never Seen A Robot Play Angry Birds Before

Ah, robots. When they're not busy planning world domination, they apparently play Angry Birds just like the rest of us. OptoFidelity, a Finnish company that specializes in machine vision and optical measurement technology, in addition to other things I don't understand, recently produced a physical robot that knows how to kill nasty green pigs. More at TechCrunch:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539275563-a-robot-play-angry-birds

Google Announces Plans to Advance, Consolidate Android Development

Paul Thurrott reported that at its annual Google I/O conference on Tuesday, Google announced plans for future versions of the Android mobile OS that will consolidate its currently separate smartphone and tablet systems. The next version of Android OS-called "Ice Cream Sandwich" by the company - will provide a superset of the functionality found in today's tablet-based "Honeycomb" system. But it will work on both smartphones and tablets, Google says.
More: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539313924

Cyber Crimewave Sweeps Canada

The number of botnets, phishing domains, and malicious networks residing in Canada has soared. Are crackdowns on command-and-control servers in the U.S. to blame? Read More at InfoWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539333580-cyber-crimewave-sweeps-canada?

Windows Server News

Microsoft Fixes Critical Worm Hole In Windows Server

As part of its monthly Patch Tuesday cycle, Microsoft issued a critical patch, MS11-035, that fixes a rare hole affecting all versions of Windows Server, even Server Core. The vulnerability is in the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS). It could allow remote code execution if a user received an evil WINS replication packet on a system running the WINS service.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539375528-microsoft-fixes-critical-worm-hole-in-windows-server

Server Cluster Sizing: How Many VMs Is Too Many?

As server virtualization hardware becomes more powerful, hosting numerous virtual machines (VMs) in a server cluster becomes increasingly more practical. Even so, how many VMs is too many? Find out with this expert tip:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539410426-how-many-VMs-is-too-many

Convincing IT Security That Cloud's The Right Call

All too often, an overburdened security team simply can't keep up with the evolving IT landscape. Cloud computing and its risks, in particular, is one area that gives constant worry to security administrators. Discover how you can get your security team on board for cloud in this article:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539454574-that-clouds-the-right-call

Avoid Application Compatibility Issues In Windows Server 2008 R2

Although most new applications run fairly well on Windows Server 2008 R2, some apps are written for older operating systems that may have trouble installing to, or running on, R2. Fortunately, there are ways to tackle these compatibility challenges - learn how with this popular tip:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539481858-issues-in-Windows-Server-2008-R2

Third Party News

Hot Products At Interop 2011

This is a slide show that shows you the latest cool stuff at Interop 2011 this week. Most of these things look like pizza boxes, but wait until you see what they do! Note, Number 10 is the brand new GFI MailEssentials Complete that you really should check out:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539523573-interop

Chromebook: Not -Another- Platform To Support?!

Two years ago Google first announced plans to build an OS based on its Chrome web browser, and this week the search giant announced that the first Chrome OS-based netbooks - dubbed "Chromebooks" - from Samsung and Acer are set to go on sale June 15th.

Samsung's Chromebook has a 12.1-inch, 1280 x 800, anti-reflective and anti-glare LED backlit display with 300 nit brightness that Samsung says can provide vibrant color even outdoors. Under the hood is a 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB mSATA SSD. It also as a one-megapixel webcam, 4-in-1 card reader supporting SD, SDHC and MMC media cards and a li-ion battery with a lifespan of up to 1,000 cycles providing up to 8.5 hours.

That means no hard disk for sizable local storage, (except some cookies, browser cache files and an occasional download) as these puppies store all the user's apps, documents, and settings in Google's cloud. That setup results in a trimmed down device with 8 second boot time and long battery life.

Sigh, not another platform to support I hope, but with this always-on, Wi-Fi and 3G free 100MB per month, your road warriors are going to ask for this. Chromebooks are updating themselves real time, supposedly. They said the OS was built for security from the ground up, with
'Defense In Depth' built-in. The link below points to the security specs of these puppies. This all is of course the purest hacker (cracker)
bait, so I'd hang back for a few months and see who broke the Chromebook first. In the mean time, better get ready and know what it's all about: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1305539547644-chromebook-features-security

WServerNews FAVE Links

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

WServerNews - Product of the Week

mPowerTools - A Smart Move for Managing Active Directory Maintenance Coming on May 17, 2011 - mPowerTools v6.0!

This new release provides the ability to find and report on all the GPOs in your network: where they are linked, their status, who has permissions over them, and more!  Just a few of the new features include: three new GPO reporting tools and over 25 new GPO reports, over 40 new common properties and more than 90 new reports and a new tool for finding and reporting on Shares throughout your network. Get More Info Here

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