Data Breach

Three Reasons Why NYT Can’t Afford to Use FTP

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News broke yesterday afternoon that a group of hackers had compromised file transfer servers at several leading organizations after obtaining credentials for thousands of FTP sites. According to the report, hackers were even able to upload several malware program files to an FTP server run by the NYT and picked […]

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Friday Five: 2/14 Edition


Happy Valentine’s Day to our blog readers! In this week’s Friday Five, we’re rounding up some IT trends and spreading the IT love. Enjoy! Another FTP Breach? WTF! Love Outlook for IT Pros: Computerworld analysis shows higher marriage rates for IT Compliance vs. Data Security: An interesting piece about where […]

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Ipswitch Conversations at RSA Conference

There is so much to absorb at RSA Conference.  The largest gathering of security vendors, solution providers and practitioners in the U.S. certainly didn’t disappoint as the Moscone Center was buzzing with security education and of course lots of thought provoking conversations. Many of the people I spoke with shared […]

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Allowing consumer-grade file sharing technologies is risky business

Looking back at 2011, we saw more and more employees using consumer-grade (and often personally owned) file sharing technologies such as USB drives, smartphones, personal email accounts, and file sharing websites to move sensitive company information.  We’ve learned that employees will “do what they need to do” to be productive […]

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Encryption: Transport versus File

This morning I was asked if I recommended using transport encryption or file encryption to protect company files and data. My answer:  “Use both of them, together!” For starters, here’s a real quick summary of both encryption types: Transport encryption (“data-in-transit”) protects the file as it travels over protocols such […]

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Data Breach Primer – What Does it all Mean?

Hey SEC, it’s Frank Kenney at Ipswitch. I don’t mean to rock the boat but I had a few quick questions regarding your recent announcement that you are requiring companies to notify their customers of a breach or risk of breach. What’s a “breach”? Does it mean the bad guys […]

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Senator to businesses: Protect data or pay

As George Hulme recently wrote, the vision of Senator Richard Blumenthal’s data breach legislation is simple enough:  Protect individuals’ personally identifiable information from data theft, and penalize firms that don’t adequately secure their customers’ information. Clearly, there’s a need for organizations to better secure confidential and private customer information.  It […]

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