Ellen MessmerSenior Editor, Network World, Network World

Ellen Messmer is a senior editor at Network World. She covers news and technology trends related to information security.

Dell pushes harder on encryption, anti-malware defenses

Dell today said it's ready with new anti-malware defense and encryption offerings for businesses using its PCs, laptops and Android-based mobile devices.

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Businesses urged to take control of public cloud security

Security monitoring can be done in some public cloud environments, according to Gartner; and if you're using public cloud services, it may be time to think about doing it.

Gartner security survey: McAfee up, Trend Micro down

A Gartner report about the security software market out today shows that No. 2 ranked McAfee enjoyed the most overall growth last year, Trend Micro slipped but stayed No. 3, and Symantec held onto its top spot in the $19.1 billion market.

Homeland Security database leaks employee information

The Department of Homeland Security last week said it notified employees and others with DHS clearance to be on alert for potential fraud due to a vulnerability discovered in software used by a vendor to process personally identifiable information for background investigations. The software hole in had existed since July 2009.


Website 'spoofing' still fools users, security study reveals

A study of vulnerabilities in about 15,000 websites found 86 percent had at least one serious hole that hackers could exploit, and “content spoofing” was the most prevalent vulnerability, according to WhiteHat Security’s annual study.

Companies explore self-detonating data as security control

The popular Snapchat photo-messaging app used mainly by Android and iOS mobile device owners to share images that then self-destruct after 10 seconds is the sort of security idea that businesses say can help them secure online transactions with business partners.

Mobile device security plan defended by Army

The inspector general says there's been a failure in the Army to track, properly configure or 'sanitize' 14,000 tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.


BlackBerry details unique security features in OS 10

The new BlackBerry 10 operating system can separate personal and business apps, but that's not the only security strength that sets it apart.


Spamhaus attack overhyped, traffic monitoring service says

Much of the news reporting about the massive denial-of-service attack against anti-spam service Spamhaus over the past week or so went way too far in describing it as creating a slowdown on the Internet itself, says one company monitoring website performance.

HP launches free service to secure mobile, Web apps

HP says it now has a free service called "Fortify My App" that lets anyone building mobile or Web applications upload code to the Fortify software-as-a-service and get a limited analysis about whether the code has specific vulnerabilities or design flaws.


Windows XP and Firefox take 25-year lead in security flaws

In a look at the number of vulnerabilities recorded over 25 years in software products and open source, a researcher at Sourcefire has determined that Microsoft Windows XP and the Mozilla Firefox browser stand out as the two with the largest number of high-severity vulnerabilities.

Google, Microsoft and others putting kibosh on phishing emails

An estimated 60 percent of the world's email boxes are now safe

Moving to cloud computing is harder than envisioned: report

Many businesses call cloud computing security challenges daunting, according to a KPMG International report.

BlackBerry gets vote of confidence from monitoring-software maker

For a change here's good news for BlackBerry maker Research in Motion. Monitoring-software vendor SpectorSoft today announced its first software support for BlackBerry in the enterprise.

Infuriated by Internet shutdown, Anonymous declares war on Syrian government websites worldwide

The hactivist group Anonymous reacted angrily to the Internet shutdown yesterday in Syria, an act attributed to the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the civil war there. Anonymous basically declared war on the Syrian regime, saying it intends to obliterate "all Web assets belonging to the Assad regime that are NOT hosted in Syria," starting today.