Barracuda’s Purchase of Purewire

The 451 Group has a blog entry on the Barracuda’s purchase of Purewire. I am currently evaluating Purewire. This article had some tidbits I hadn’t seen in other analysis. I had noted that the Security as a Service webspace was getting a bit crowded. ScanSafe as this article notes is the granddaddy of them all. …

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Symantec Endpoint Security 11

Yesterday, I attended a webinar on Symantec Endpoint Security 11. It should be available for ondemand replay at some point on at symantec.com. A lot of people including myself have been very negative about the Symantec product, virus detection rates, and product support. I’m actually starting to believe that Symantec is turning things around. Yes, …

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Here’s why I wont by buying anythign from Sunbelt Software

At first I just found their advertizing really annoying. More recently, as I’ve followed the Sunbelt Blog, I realize, I just can’t stand Alex. Here’s his latest whine. “Oh no sales people are reading the case studies on our public website and then calling the customer offering them a competitive upgrade. Waaaa.” “Oh no, Webroot …

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Eschelbeck Slams Windows Defender

I was a fan of Gerhard Eschelbeck when he was with Qualys. He’s been pretty much off my radar sense he took the CTO position at Webroot. Today he comes out swinging against Windows Defender as reported in Information Week. “If you look at the [Defender] data points, they speak for themselves,” says Eschelbeck. “Defender …

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Practicing Safe Surf

In other news the sky is blue. Porn sites are sleazy. and everything isn’t as it seems on myspace. http://sourcewire.com/releases/rel_display.php?relid=27686&hilite= A survey of over 600 UK respondents showed that young men are significantly more likely to be infected with spyware than their female counterparts. The likelihood of infection was increased by the risky online behaviour …

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Should antispyware detect cookies?

Suzi Turner asks, “should antispyware products detect cookies” in her latest blog entry at ZDNet. Here is some test results from Ben Edelman on how various antispyware programs treat cookies. I’m coming at this from the perspective of a corporate information security guy. Several years ago, I started an initiative to purchase enterprise ready antispyware. …

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Full Disclosure of Symantec Product Updates?

It seems like someone decided that Symantec is no longer a favored company. I think it started last year when support hold times were up over an hour. Whatever the cause, SAV admins are looking for any opportunity to complain. SAV updates the product, complain. SAV doesn’t update the product, complain. SAV doesn’t provide updates …

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Webroot Spysweeper Enterprise 3.0 Released

The server update contains the following changes: Improved navigation tree structure and UI Additional controls for new client functionality (see client changes below) Support for Informational definitions Support for Incremental definitions Numerous stability enhancements SQL Server 2005 Express Database Support The client update contains the following changes: Completely new Kernel level driver engine Rootkit detection …

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Webroot to Offer Antivirus

At the end of this article defending the need for Spysweeper even after Vista is released Webroot CEO David Moll says that Webroot will soon offer antivirus in addition to antispyware. Its not clear if they are going to bundle with a competitor, if they are developing from scratch, or if they are going to …

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