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Archives for April, 2010

Symantec, PGP, GuardianEdge and the Cloud

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 30, 2010  |  1 Comment

We have a team of analysts that will be publishing our formal recommendations to clients shortly. In the interim, here my observations: From a technology perspective, the deal makes sense. The acquisition of both encryption vendors fills a gaping hole in Symantec’s strategy. After Symantec’s recent Vision conference, I posted this: Symantec did nothing to close its […]

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Offline VMs are Machines Too

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 27, 2010  |  Comments Off

In a previous post, I talked about the need for security vendors to deliver security policy enforcement mechanisms that span physical machines, virtual machines and into cloud-based computing resources: There future of security controls will be a multi-dimensional hybrid across on-premises physical appliances, virtual appliances, embedded within Cloud-based workloads and delivered as a service by […]

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Observations from Symantec’s Vision Conference

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 14, 2010  |  2 Comments

I spent the first part of this week at Symantec’s  Vision Conference in Las Vegas. There is a lot going on across the various enterprise assets that Symantec owns – security, storage, and management. I focused primarily on the security sessions and announcements. On the positive side of what I heard: Symantec has taken the […]


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Free Stuff to Help run as Standard User

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 1, 2010  |  Comments Off

One of the constant recommendations in my research is to reduce your exposure to malware by running more users as standard user. I’ve talked about this issue here, here and here. There are several possible approaches to help here. Microsoft’s User Account Control in Windows Vista and Windows 7 is an approach, but suffers from […]

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