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Removing Administrator Rights Blocks Critical Microsoft Vulnerabilities

Chalk one up for the “It’s so obvious when you think about it,” files. Removing administrator rights from Windows user accounts can block–or at least, slow down–most critical malware infections, according to a new report from Avecto. Of the 147 vulnerabilities published by Microsoft in 2013 with a “critical” rating, meaning that attackers would be…

AlienVault Adds New Partners to Its Crowd-Sourced Threat Intelligence Platform

AlienVault has added new partners to its crowd-sourced threat intelligence platform to improve information sharing between private sector organizations, security vendors, and government organizations. The AlienVault Open Threat Exchange program provides real-time threat data to thousands of private sector companies, security vendors, and government institutions. Over 8,000 sites across 140 countries have participated in OTX…

Vormetric Introduces Application Layer Encryption Solution

Vormetric has announced a new application encryption tool kit, which equips corporate IT departments with the ability to create and integrate encryption in their own applications. The new solution, called Vormetric Application Encryption, extends Vormetric’s data security platform with tools to encrypt data at rest within the enterprise and web applications, as well as cloud and…

NIST Releases Long-Anticipated Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the long-anticipated Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Security. The framework, released on February 12th, provides critical infrastructure operators with a broad blueprint of how to defend IT and industrial control systems networks that handle sensitive and critical tasks for a broad range of industries, including energy,…

Congress Moves Substitute Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Bill

The House Homeland Security Committee unanimously passed a substitute bill for the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013 last week. The bill now heads to the full House for a floor vote. Broadly supported by both parties, the current version of HR 3696 gives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the responsibility for civilian cybersecurity research…

Sophos Acquires Cyberoam Technologies

Sophos expanded its network security portfolio with its latest acquisition of India-based Cyberoam Technologies for an undisclosed sum, the company said February 10th. The acquisition gives Sophos access to Cyberoam’s expertise in next-generation firewalls and network security, the company said in a statement. Sophos plans to combine its existing line of unified threat management and wireless security products with Cyberoam…