CRN Security News

  • Washington State, Microsoft File Antispyware Suits
    The Washington State Attorney General's Office has filed the first lawsuit under the state's new antispyware act, alleging that White Plains, N.Y.-based Secure Computer, its president and others associated with the company used deceptive spam, misleading advertising and misleading computer scan results to entice users into purchasing its Spyware Cleaner product.
  • SonicWALL Releases SSL VPN For SMBs
    SonicWALL unveiled a new addition to its Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN) product line designed to meet the needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs).
  • Kama Sutra Worm Flummoxes Experts
    Security vendors can't seem to reach agreement on how badly the Kama Sutra -- just one of the names tagged to the malicious code -- worm is affecting users.
  • Storage Security Holes Put VARs On Guard
    The recent discoveries of security vulnerabilities in data backup software from three of the top vendors has solution providers keeping their eyes open for problems, but has yet to cause concern among their customers.
  • Solutions target threats such as spyware and instant messaging

    Vendors Take Aim At SMB E-mail Security
    As spammers, hackers and purveyors of spyware and adware go about their nefarious business, it figures that they're likely to go after the weakest link in their targeted networks. It also figures, in a Murphy's Law sort of way, that the weakest link for many SMB companies is the application they most often use.
  • Mirage Offers NAC Solution For SMBs, Remote Users
    Addressing the growing need for companies to control employees&' network access, Mirage Networks recently announced the availability of its new SMB-focused C-125 Network Access Control (NAC) appliance.
  • Zebra Offers Simplified Way To Ensure Access, ID Protection
    For many years, the hardware required to produce plastic ID cards was so expensive that only big companies could use them. But Zebra Technologies' new P120i dual-sided color card printer is affordable enough for small companies to own.
  • Briefs: January 23, 2006
    Apple Computer will likely run into shortages of its first Intel-based laptop when the machine debuts next month, company executives said.
  • With a main focus on small business, solution provider sells its services and fills gaps in the channel

    Having All The Bases Covered
    All Covered knows small businesses.
  • CA Peers Into Security Crystal Ball
    Every time the calendar rolls over into a new year, you can be sure a raft of prediction stories will follow. To wit, myriad security vendors have aired their projections for the coming year, with the consensus being that security concerns will continue to intensify, especially around profit-motivated attacks, such as phishing and spyware; that policy enforcement will be as important as technology to solve those problems; and that the security sector will continue to see more consolidation.
  • VARs Open To Taking Measured Risks
    Risk-taking isn't typically very high on a VAR's to-do list. In VARBusiness' first annual 2006 Alternatives Survey, the results of which will be published in the Feb. 6 issue of VARBusiness, those surveyed expressed a willingness to take guarded risks with new technologies--only if there were logical reasons to do so.
  • Oracle Fixes 82 Database, Server Flaws
    Oracle patches 82 different vulnerabilities in its flagship database and other server products, leading security companies to wonder over the exact extent of the risk.
  • State and local governments are driving big growth in outsourcing

    Breaking Into Government Managed Services
    State and local governments are in a uniquely difficult position when it comes to upgrading technology. For them, it comes down to one word--politics. State and local CIOs have to jump through the requisite political hoops in order to get the capital funds to implement anything, from PCs to network upgrades.
  • The Best-Value Challenge
    Awarding strictly on price used to be easy--anyone with a calculator could do it. Managing tens of thousands of purchasing agents for thousands of different products, however, and spending trillions of dollars to ensure "best value" are daunting tasks. This best-value idea came on the scene a couple of years ago, and was intended to allow the government to purchase based on criteria other than initial purchase price. The idea is to take into account other factors like service and total cost of ownership.
  • Microsoft Refutes Windows 'Back Door' Claim
    Microsoft is rejecting allegations that the Windows Metafile (WMF) bug is actually a "back door" planted by the company's developers so they could secretly access users' PCs.