Monthly Archives: March 2010

Seeing without visibility is like driving in the fog

Those of you who visited the Ipswitch File Transfer tradeshow booth at the recent RSA Security Conference were likely asked to fill out a short survey.  When the show ended, we tabulated the survey results and there are some staggering data points that we want to share: 83% of IT […]

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TJX Hacker Gets 20 Years – Right Sentence?

Convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in prison today for leading a gang of cyberthieves who stole more than 90 million credit and debit card numbers from TJX and other retailers.  The sentence for the largest computer-crime case ever prosecuted is the lengthiest ever imposed in […]

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Striking a balance between productivity and security

I participated on a panel discussion at SecureWorld Boston yesterday. The discussion topic was striking a balance between productivity and security and it yielded three thoughts that I would like to discuss in today’s blog. The notion that our companies are going to employ the same type of security policies that […]

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PCI Council Weighing Virtual and Cloud Recommendations

As a participating organization in the PCI Security Standards Council, Ipswitch File Transfer has the opportunity to review documents and recommendations before they become public.  That is the case with the “Securing Virtual Payment Systems” document currently under review. While I cannot provide specific details or quotes from the document […]

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MOVEit update: Linkedin Contacts, Survey Results and Request for ETL Info

Several updates for MOVEit folks today. First, if you haven’t already done so, please sign on to Linkedin and connect with: Me: Since I wrote the first editions of MOVEit software way, way back in 2002, direct customer feedback has been key and I’ve love to connect with you […]

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Breached individuals have the right to know… now!

I’ve been following the data breach that occurred at HSBC Private Bank in Switzerland.    Seems that an employee stole data on 24,000 accounts over three years ago, but the details of the breach weren’t clear to the company until earlier this month when the Swiss government returned data files back […]

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FIPS 140-2…just a buzzword?

I recently received an inquiry from a reporter that read like this: “Are you comforted, or left cold when you hear a product has FIPS 140-2 validation that guarantees it’s implementing encryption modules correctly? Assuming secure data transmission or storage is important in the use case, is this buzzword bingo […]

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