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Author Archives: Cristian Florian

About Cristian Florian

Cristian Florian is product manager at GFI Software. Starting as a software developer, he developed his career step by step gaining more than 12 years of experience in network security and software development. He currently oversees GFI LanGuard, a successful network security scanning and patch management solution.

Report: Most vulnerable operating systems and applications in 2013

Report: Most vulnerable operating systems and applications in 2013

on February 3, 2014

The number of reported security vulnerabilities in 2013 continued to increase compared to 2012. In this post, I provide an overview of the statistics for 2013 related to software security vulnerabilities. These are compiled from data from the National Vulnerability …

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Report: The Most Vulnerable Operating Systems and Applications in 2012

Report: The Most Vulnerable Operating Systems and Applications in 2012

on February 5, 2013

Vulnerabilities in software and operating systems remain a thorn in the side for administrators around the world. A single vulnerability exploited by the bad guys can bring a company to its knees. Maintaining patched systems is a must in today’s …

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Security Patching Trends for Major Software Vendors

Security Patching Trends for Major Software Vendors

on March 13, 2012

An important aspect of patch management and your patching schedule is to understand the patch release cycles adopted by the most important software vendors. In this post, we take a look at some statistics on this topic and how patch …

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Research: Web Browser War, Security Battle in 2011

Research: Web Browser War, Security Battle in 2011

on March 5, 2012

No web browser is fully secure and research shows that vulnerabilities in web browsers are a target for hackers and criminals. Patching your browser will reduce the risk of a security breach. And there is good reason why. In 2011, …

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The Most Vulnerable Operating Systems and Applications in 2011

The Most Vulnerable Operating Systems and Applications in 2011

on February 27, 2012

As a sys admin, you should try to keep abreast of all the latest and most important security updates for operating systems, applications and so long. Here is an in-depth look at some of the statistics around vulnerabilities that I …

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Can Companies Defend Against Targeted Attacks? (Part 2)

Can Companies Defend Against Targeted Attacks? (Part 2)

on March 1, 2011

In the previous post I wrote about the interesting questions raised due to the hacking of IT security firm HBGary. What should we learn from this incident? So, going back to HBGary – why were they apparently so easy to …

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Can Companies Defend Against Targeted Attacks? (Part 1)

Can Companies Defend Against Targeted Attacks? (Part 1)

on February 24, 2011

The story with all the interesting details about how security company HBGary was hacked earlier this month, published by Ars Technica last week, has made quite some noise with people concerned about IT security. It is a perfect – by …

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Top Most Vulnerable Applications and Operating Systems in 2010

Top Most Vulnerable Applications and Operating Systems in 2010

on February 17, 2011

Analyzing the data on 2010 from National Vulnerability Database reveals some interesting statistics.

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Patching Season?

Patching Season?

on December 16, 2010

The holidays are coming with a large number of security updates releases from vendors. So far this month we already have the following important updates: Google Chrome version 8.0.552.215 was released on 2nd December with 13 security fixes, 4 of …

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5 Benefits of Automating Patch Management

5 Benefits of Automating Patch Management

on November 25, 2010

In a previous article I wrote about software patches and why relying on auto updating systems of individual applications is not a practical solution for corporate networks. You need a patch management solution for proper patch management. But what are …

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