Hyperguarding your Web Applications

Weekly Industry Round-up: Week of 11/30

Posted by hyperguard on December 4, 2009

CSO Online…
Clear Metrics for Cloud Security? Yes, Seriously
In the second installment of his series on “Clearing the Cloud,” Ariel Silverstone proposes some clearer definitions and metrics to improve cloud security. He touches on subjects including security models, confidentiality, availability and integrity. His first article, Cloud Security: Danger (and Opportunity) Ahead, explores the dangers of cloud computing and outlines security best practices to make it work and is also worth checking out.

Fake H1N1 (Swine Flu) Alerts Lead to Malware
This post by Ryan Naraine discusses how malicious hackers are using fake alerts around H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccines to trick end users into installing malware on Windows computers, according to warnings issued by computer security firms. The e-mail messages contain a link to a bogus Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site with prompts to create a user profile. During this process, a malware file gets planted on the user’s machine. This post shows you what the site looks like so you can be aware of the attack.

Safer Online Shopping: Eight Tips
This post by Shane O’Neill discusses that Black Friday sales results showed holiday shoppers flocking to the Web this year in unprecedented numbers. To avoid this season’s security threats to your browser and computer, Microsoft lists these eight suggestions. Keep your computer’s software and browser current, protect your computer with firewall and antivirus software, beware of phishing scams and malware and protect yourself against cross-site scripting attacks. You should also identify fake web addresses, browse more privately, make sure payment web sites use encryption and never respond to unsolicited requests to update your account information.

RSA Blog…
A European Take on Cloud Security
Eric Baize discusses the differences between the European and the North American approaches to security in this post. He says Europeans tend to take a comprehensive, long term, risk-based approach while Americans often favor effective protections with rapid return on investment. The greater adoption of smart cards and digital certificates in Europe than in the U.S. is one of the many symptoms of this difference in approaches.

Quiz: How to build secure applications
Check out this quiz that is part of SearchSecurity.com’s Data Protection School lesson, “How to build secure applications.”


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