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You’ve got All Your Security Technologies in Place… Now What?

Antivirus and firewall solutions? Check! Regular vulnerability scans and patch management? Check! Web security software? Check! Security thinking? Ch-e…what? When we think about security we automatically think in terms of software. Without a doubt, these solutions are a must to enforce an organization’s network security but the journey shouldn’t stop there. You can only achieve […]

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Scanning Open Ports in Windows: A Quick Guide

When troubleshooting client or server side application network connectivity issues, it is often necessary to determine if access to a certain port that the application uses is being blocked. In this article we’ll take a quick look at how to view open ports using a number of lightweight freeware tools for Microsoft Windows. You might […]

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Security Patching Trends for Major Software Vendors

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 release cycles have changed over the last few years. The big players in software industry […]

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Research: Web Browser War, Security Battle in 2011

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, as in 2010, web browsers had the higher number of security vulnerabilities reported compared to […]

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The Most Vulnerable Operating Systems and Applications in 2011

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 collated for 2011. To begin with, National Vulnerability Database (NVD) reports 3532 vulnerabilities in 2011. […]

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The Ultimate Network Security Checklist

Working on your network security? Check. Want to make sure you have all your bases covered? Check. Need some help getting started? Check. How about a simple list you can follow, broken down by category, which includes some tips and tricks for getting the job done? Here it is – The Ultimate Network Security Checklist: a […]

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How to Protect Your Network against DDoS Attacks

The last thing an administrator wants to deal with is a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Yet, together with the recent rise of hacktivism,  DDoS attacks are increasingly becoming a threat that IT admins need to prepared for. Just recently, the CIA’s main website was allegedly brought down by a DDoS attack launched by […]

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ACTA and the Anti Circumvention Clause

This citation concerns you: “Each Party shall provide adequate legal protection and effective legal remedies against the circumvention of effective technological measures that are used by authors, performers or producers of phonograms in connection with exercise of their rights in and that restrict acts in respect of, their works, performances and phonograms, which are not […]

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15 Great Security Blogs to Check Out!

One of the topics we’re passionate about here at TalkTechToMe is security, and there’s no better way to keep up-to-date and aware of all that is going on than by checking in regularly with our favourite security blogs. We’ve compiled this list to share with you, so that you too can benefit from all the […]

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5 Tips for Server Patch Management

Got servers? Then you need to perform server patch management. Not annually, not once a quarter, not when you feel like getting around to it. Microsoft releases patches on a monthly basis to make it easier for IT professionals to plan their server patch management activities on a predictable cycle, but those out of band […]

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