Stories by David Braue

The week in security: War of security words

Australian techhead Mark Pesce made some waves after designing a way to send encrypted tweets using his CrypTweet applications. It's an interesting approach but the still-evolving platform has been slammed by observers as being at an early stage, and compromised by inherent characteristics of the Twitter platform.

David Braue | 27 Feb | Read more

The week in security: Turns out they really are watching you

IPv6 has been in and out of the news, but more in recently than out as the online world gears up for the protocol’s big debut in June. Network engineers contemplating their own deployments may want to consider [[xref:| their security practices|]] and rolling the protocol in from the edge of the network.

David Braue | 20 Feb | Read more

Malware networks smarter, faster than you: Blue Coat

It’s not time to run for the hills quite yet, but you might want to start packing. That's effectively the conclusion of a new report from security vendor Blue Coat, which in its latest state-of-security report has warned about everything from in-detectable malware to the explosion in 'malvertising'.

David Braue | 15 Feb | Read more

The week in security: Would you notice if you were hacked?

Confident you would notice if your systems were being hacked? You’re in the minority: A new survey has found just 16 per cent of organisations hit by a breach last year noticed it before someone else told them about it. That’s hardly surprising given another study that found many of the worst malware offenders are using methods that antivirus software just can’t spot or deal with.

David Braue | 13 Feb | Read more

The week in security: Companies pressured to act on breaches

News of new security breaches continued to roll in throughout the week, with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) kicking off the week with a warning that users of online stockbroking services should review their security, change their passwords, and ensure all software was current. Seems someone has been poking their heads where they shouldn't be, and ASIC is eager to prevent any more unwanted intrusions.

David Braue | 30 Jan | Read more

The week in security: A bitter bar of SOPA

While much of the online world followed Wikipedia’s unprecedented SOPA legislation protest, security concerns provided a more definitive solution as the Obama administration promised to veto SOPA on the basis that it would push people to “dangerous, unreliable DNS servers” and compromise secure improvements like DNSSEC.

David Braue | 20 Jan | Read more

2012: the year business must revisit security basics

It may be that 2<a href="" target="_blank">011 was the year of the DDoS</a>,&nbsp;but security&nbsp;experts warn that 2012 could shape up to be the year businesses really&nbsp;pay the piper as a broad range of attacks pummel them for years spent&nbsp;overlooking and underfunding their security.<br />

David Braue | 23 Dec | Read more

Expect conflict in 2012 as consumerisation raises security alarm bells for CIOs

End users everywhere are demanding that IT executives figure out how to let them bring their own smartphones and laptops to work. Yet even as consumerisation tops lists of IT priorities for 2012, vendors are taking new approaches to security as a majority of CIOs worry that the BYO pendulum has swung too far and will, through the normalisation of off-net mobility, create new business risks due to unaddressed shortcomings in management and security strategies.

David Braue | 19 Dec | Read more

Defence win backs Citrix desktop virtualisation security claims

Thin-client and virtualisation specialist vendor Citrix Systems has been talking about the virtualisation of the desktop for years, but an A-grade customer win would seem to back up the company’s recent claims that ever-better security is bringing desktop virtualisation into the mainstream even within the most security-conscious environments.

David Braue | 12 Dec | Read more