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Archives for June, 2009

Don’t let VMware Become Internet Explorer

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 29, 2009  |  3 Comments

Piqued your interest? Bear with me. In a previous post, I promised to revisit the issue of “Fast-path” and “Slow-path” in the VMware vSphere platform. With vShpere, VMware has released the first commercial implementation of its VMsafe set of APIs. As I have discussed, VMsafe is cool, but not a panacea. VMsafe provides developers two […]


Category: Next-generation Security Infrastructure Virtualization Security     Tags: , , ,

Oops, I Spoke Too Soon.

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 25, 2009  |  Comments Off

In my previous post, I talked about the need to encrypt all desktop and server direct attached storage for protection of the data over the lifecycle of the machine, including retirement. In this post, I made this statement in passing: Most of us know by now that encryption of mobile laptops should be considered mandatory. […]

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Category: Endpoint Protection Platform Information Security     Tags: , ,

Security No-Brainer #6: Encryption Needs to be Extended to All PCs and Servers

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 24, 2009  |  2 Comments

Most of us know by now that encryption of mobile laptops should be considered mandatory. However, encryption of the direct attached storage used in fixed desktops and servers hasn’t been a priority because of their relative lack of mobility. However, this overlooks the significant issue of data leakage when devices are retired. This point was […]


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Should AV be Free?

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 23, 2009  |  5 Comments

I saw today on this website that Microsoft has released the beta offering of its free consumer-oriented antivirus/antispyware protection solution called Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE – previously code-named “Morro”). The offering is available to the first 75,000 visitors to the site starting today. Gartner’s full analysis and advice for clients will be available shortly, but […]


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Getting Ready for the Summit

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 22, 2009  |  1 Comment

I’ve been absent for a few weeks from my regular blogging activities performing research and building the final presentations for next week’s Gartner Information Security Summit in Washington DC. This is Gartner’s single largest event focused exclusively on all aspects of information security. All of the information security analysts will be there discussing topics as […]

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