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Beware Smartphone Lurkers: Cloud Storage File Remnants

The researchers said they’d expected to find “that smartphone devices will retain data from these storage services,” but didn’t know to what extent any leftover “artifacts” might include recoverable information. So they studied three popular cloud storage service apps running on the iPhone and on an HTC Desire running the Android operating system.

Here’s what they found: “Using mobile forensic toolkits, data can be recovered from a smartphone device which has accessed a cloud storage service,” they said. “The results from the experiment have shown that it is possible to recover files from the Dropbox, Box and SugarSync services using smartphone devices.” In addition, artifacts left by those services’ mobile apps in some cases allowed the researchers to gain a “proxy view” of files not stored on the device, but stored by the cloud service.

via Beware Smartphone Lurkers: Cloud Storage File Remnants – Security –.

Cloud security registry slow to catch on

Last August the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) announced at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas a registry that it hoped would serve as a place for prospective cloud users to go to easily inspect and compare cloud vendors’ security controls. But to date, only three companies have submitted their cloud security data, making the registry of limited use

via Cloud security registry slow to catch on.

Tenable Network Security Awarded U.S. Patent for Network Monitoring Technology – Technology | Centre Daily Times – State College, PA | Penn State, Nittany Lions, weather, news, jobs, homes, apartments, real estate

Tenable developed the Passive Vulnerability Scanner PVS to complement its other market leading active network scanner, Nessus. Where Nessus allows organizations to audit networks for known vulnerabilities, conduct full patch and configuration and compliance audits at a point in time, Tenable’s PVS allows organizations to continuously monitor the same network by analyzing network traffic 24×7 and provide real-time updates to Tenable’s SecurityCenter on new devices, applications running on those devices and known vulnerabilities associated with those devices.

via Tenable Network Security Awarded U.S. Patent for Network Monitoring Technology – Technology | Centre Daily Times – State College, PA | Penn State, Nittany Lions, weather, news, jobs, homes, apartments, real estate.

How to manage the risk of your high-risk users

Every network has high-risk users. Typically, these users have broad access to the IT infrastructure and a high degree of technical knowledge. They might be internal or outsourced IT personnel, contractors, vendors or remote application developers. They know a lot about the IT systems and how they operate and might even possess “the keys to the kingdom” because they administer servers, networks, applications or databases. In fact, I might have just described … you.

via How to manage the risk of your high-risk users – Network World.

Microsoft Brings Secure Development Help to Application Developers for Free

Microsoft wants to speed adoption of its security development lifecycle (SDL), starting with the release of a free SDL Process Template that is integrated with the Visual Studio Team System. The company also announced additions to its SDL Pro Network and updates to the SDL process.

via Microsoft Brings Secure Development Help to Application Developers for Free.

‘Security Metrics’ and risk-assessment guides out this week

For security professionals, two free risk-management guides out this week provide directions on how to establish corporate security metrics, as well as tips on organizing risk-assessment and presenting findings.

The Center for Internet Security’s “Security Metrics 1.0” is a pithy compilation of 20 “metrics definitions” covering six areas: incident management; vulnerability management; patch management; application security; configuration management; and financial metrics. The 83-page paper shoots for a mathematical approach that lets an organization build a scorecard for each category to assess and chart progress—or decline—in each of the six security-management areas.

via ‘Security Metrics’ and risk-assessment guides out this week – Network World.

Content Security Waves

After many months of work, we finally published the much-awaited content security Waves. On the Forrester SRM website, under the content security tab, you will be able to find three Wave documents: Email Filtering Wave, Web Filtering Wave, and Content Security Suites Wave.

We included ten vendors for all three Waves, Cisco Systems, Google, Marshal8e6, McAfee, Symantec/MessageLabs, Microsoft, McAfee/Secure Computing, Symantec, Trend Micro, and Websense. The intent of the Waves is to evaluate vendors who provide filtering functionality for multiple communication protocols (e.g., email, Web, and IM). Consequently, we did not include some of the pure-play vendors, such as Blue Coat Systems (for Web filtering) and Proofpoint (for email filtering), in the evaluations.

The evaluation of email filtering vendors revealed a mature market, characterized by strong appliance vendors with upstart cloud providers poised to win market shares. More specifically, we found that Symantec, Cisco Systems, and McAfee/Secure Computing lead the field because of their strong functionality and focused strategies. Google, Microsoft, Symantec/MessageLabs, and Websense are close behind with innovative cloud-based offerings. Trend Micro, Marshal8e6, and McAfee trail the field (see Figure1).

The evaluation of Web filtering market indicated a less than mature market, with

Websense and McAfee/Secure Computing lead the pack. Trend Micro, Cisco Systems, Symantec/MessageLabs, and McAfee are Strong Performers but fall short in certain areas of technology. Google, Marshal8e6, Microsoft, and Symantec lack either strong capability or cohesive vision, and trail the field (see Figure 2)

As the content security market continues to evolve, Forrester sees a growing market demand for consolidated content security suites rather than point products. In the third Wave, we evaluated content security suite offerings. The evaluation uncovered a budding market where only a small number of vendors reported adequate suite functionality. More specifically, we found that Websense leads the market because of its wide functionality and suite-oriented strategy. Symantec, McAfee/Secure Computing, and Trend Micro all have a clear strategy for product suites but are a notch down from Websense. Cisco, Symantec/MessageLabs, and Microsoft fall short in offering broad suite functionality. Google, McAfee, and Marshal8e6 trail the field for lacking either suite focus or comprehensive capabilities (see Figure 3).

To see the detailed evaluation criteria and vendor scores, please refer to the actual Wave documents: Email Filtering, Web Filtering, and Content Security Suites.

via The Forrester Blog For Security & Risk Professionals.