IT Security and Compliance Articles

Read articles from industry experts New Net Technologies to find out about best practices in keeping your IT systems secure.

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Lots of coverage this week relating to ‘Hand of Thief’, the latest black-market Trojan designed for any aspiring cyber-fraudster – yours for just $2000. It’s concerning news in that the threat to your personal data – predominantly your internet banking details – is an increasingly marketable commodity, but for the IT community, the additional interest in this particular piece of malware is that it has been engineered specifically for Linux.

File Integrity Monitoring Software

Anti-Virus (AV) software, along with its Firewall side-kick, has been the standard weapon against Internet-borne threat for the past two decades. But in a changing threat landscape, AV is fast beginning to look past its sell-by date.

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With the growing awareness that cybersecurity is an urgent priority for any business, there is a ready market for automated, intelligent security defenses. The silver-bullet against malware and data theft is still being developed (promise!) but in the meantime, there are hordes of vendors out there that will sell you the next best thing.

FIM solutions

Why use FIM in the first place? For most people, the answer is ‘because my auditor/bank/security consultant said we had to!’ Security standards like the PCI DSS mandate a requirement for regular file integrity checks, including log file backups/archives, and this is the initial driver for most organizations to implement FIM.

FIM solutions

Using FIM, or file integrity monitoring has long been established as a keystone of information security best practices. Even so, there are still a number of common misunderstandings about why FIM is important and what it can deliver.

Fim Business

No guns were used, no doors forced open, and no masks or disguises were used, but up to $500 Million has been stolen from businesses and individuals around the world. Reuters reported last week that one of the world's biggest ever cyber crime rings has just been shut down.

File Integrity Monitoring versus Anti Virus

Is a gun better than a knife? I've been trying hard for an analogy, but this one kind of works. Which is better? A gun or a knife? Both will help defend you against an attacker. A gun may be better than a knife if you are under attack from a big group of attackers running at you, but without ammunition, you are left defenseless. The knife works without ammunition and always provides a consistent deterrent, so in some respects, gives better protection than a gun.

Database Lock

Being the heart of any corporate application means your database technology must be implemented and configured for maximum security. Whilst the desire to ‘get the database as secure as possible’ appears to be a clear objective, what does ‘secure as possible’ mean? How hard is it to derive a suitable hardened build standard for your Oracle or SQL Server database?

FIM for PCI DSS

Simplest is still best - whether they are software-based (as in the so-called 'Dexter' or 'VSkimmer' Trojan - Google it for more information) or classic hardware interception devices, card skimming is still a highly effective means of stealing card data.

Linux server

Finding and interpreting the right hardening checklist for your Linux hosts can be a challenge. This guide gives you a concise checklist to work from, encompassing the highest priority hardening measures for a typical Linux server.

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