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Does Protecting Desktops Require a Different Vendor/Product than Protecting Servers?

by Neil Macdonald  |  September 29, 2011

I’ve made it a point over the past 6 months to ask clients if they are combining their endpoint protection platform contracts across desktops, laptops and servers. In most cases...

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Security Thought for Thursday: We are Overspending on Traditional Security Controls

by Neil Macdonald  |  July 14, 2011

We can’t secure everything equally, nor does everything need to be equally secured. What we need is a context-aware, risk-based view of where to focus our efforts where part of...

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IT Operations and Security Convergence? Not Really.

by Neil Macdonald  |  May 17, 2011

I’m having lots of discussions with clients on Microsoft’s new Forefront Endpoint Protection offering that was released in December of 2010. In addition to recent licensing changes, the biggest change...

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Yes, Standard Users can Install Software

by Neil Macdonald  |  March 15, 2011

The conventional wisdom is that a user who is configured with “standard user” privileges (the least possible in Windows 7) cannot install software (or malware for that matter). This is...

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One Big Take Away From RSA: Intelligence

by Neil Macdonald  |  March 1, 2011

As I walked the exhibit hall floor at RSA, I couldn’t help but notice the large numbers of vendors talking about the need for improved detection capabilities and security intelligence...

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Improving Your 2011 Security Bang for the Buck Continued

by Neil Macdonald  |  January 6, 2011

In my previous post, I kicked off 2011 with a recommendation for improving your “security bang for the buck” or quick wins for information security in 2011 – increasing patching...

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Antivirus is Dead. Long Live Antivirus.

by Neil Macdonald  |  December 23, 2010

Signature-based antimalware detection is increasingly ineffective against an explosion in the number of malware variants as well as an increase in the number of financially motivated targeted attacks. Does this...

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More Pressure on the Antivirus Vendors: Free AV for Midsize Enterprises

by Neil Macdonald  |  September 24, 2010

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is a free consumer offering originally delivered to market in 2009 based on the same engine and anti-malware feeds that are used within Microsoft’s for-fee enterprise-oriented...

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Stop Paying for Anti-Spyware

by Neil Macdonald  |  May 18, 2009

I had a conversation with a client last week where their incumbent antivirus provider was trying to charge them separately for antispyware capabilities in addition to their antivirus solution. Sigh....

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Save a Million Dollars

by Neil Macdonald  |  May 13, 2009

Seriously. Rather than pay for an expensive custom support agreement for NT v4 or (soon) Windows 2000, why not just keep these older systems around? Ditto for OSs from other...

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