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Hamamatsu eliminates malware with virtual appliances

When you're a company with branches across the country and a malware infection leads to all its outbound email being blacklisted as spam, you have one thing in mind: fix the problem and fix it fast. That's the situation the U.S. operations of Japanese optical sensor maker Hamamatsu found itself in when it turned to a cloud security provider to turn things around in a hurry.

John P. Mello Jr. | 20 Feb | Read more

Death of antivirus software greatly exaggerated

An executive at a company whose name is synonymous with antivirus software raised eyebrows earlier this year when he pronounced the death of that form of system protection. Nevertheless, while the effectiveness of that software may have waned over the years, security experts say the pronouncement by Symantec's senior vice president for information security Brian Dye was premature.

John P. Mello Jr. | 16 Dec | Read more

New tech transforms transparency into privacy

Preserving privacy by keeping information secret isn't working. Consumers give away precious data for online baubles. Data breaches, large and small, spill data all over the Web. Marketers indiscriminiately gather details about the online lives of people in their target markets.

John P. Mello Jr. | 17 Oct | Read more