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Over the past five years, the anti-virus market has experienced tremendous growth as many new technologies have emerged in response to current threat conditions. What was once a market consisting of very few players is now a multi-billion dollar enterprise consisting of numerous companies with multiple anti-virus products that vary in focus and quality. According to some analyst forecasts, the global anti-virus market will likely surpass $58 billion by 2010 through the introduction of new technologies in the areas of data loss prevention, virtualization security, security-as-a-service, and many others. Despite this growth, the technology behind anti-virus today is highly inefficient when it comes to protecting against modernized threats. This is fueled by the fact that vendors simply cannot keep up with all of the new malware surfacing every day. The situation has ... (more)

Virtualization - Security Should Not Take a Backseat

There’s no question that advances in server virtualization technology are becoming popular among corporations that want to save money by consolidating resources and improving operational efficiency. Virtualization enables a dramatic increase in cost savings in ongoing maintenance and the cost required to keep physical assets afloat. These benefits are often seen by CIOs and other information technology leaders as adding tremendous value to an existing robust IT infrastructure. Who wouldn’t want to save money by reducing the size and extent of their data center, especially in the ... (more)

SQL Injection Attacks: The Future of Mass Hacking Campaigns

SQL injection attacks are evolving as one of the primary modes of transportation for malicious scripts that hackers insert into legitimate websites. According to recent events, this method is becoming very popular among the hacker elite, especially considering the number of sites they are able to exploit almost overnight. Some of these victim sites include the United Nations and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).[1] Typically they will use the website as a vehicle for distributing Trojans through encoded JavaScript that a SQL injection inserted into the website. The scar... (more)

Even Heroes Need the Right Tools in Their Utility Belts

We at SafeKidZone believe, without a doubt, that the people who make up 911 emergency services are all heroes. It’s not an easy job, but these brave folks are earnest in their willingness to do what is necessary to help save a life. In the case of the Schmitts, in the article, 911 did not make it in time to save their family home from burning to the ground simply because of situational fog: in this case poor cellular coverage which routed their emergency call to an alert center on the other side of the county. Compound that problem with difficulty locating the Schmitts and the o... (more)

Breaching Wireless Networks

Wireless networks and endpoints offer convenience and connectivity, but unless properly secured, they also offer a means of egress into the network. As evidenced by recent headlines surrounding undiscovered data breaches and subsequent public exposure, hackers have begun to turn their eye toward breaching wireless networks and taking advantage of the many weaknesses incumbent. At the same time, we continue to see a trend toward stealing cardholder information from retailers such as TJ Maxx and Hannaford Brothers. According to a recent study conducted by the Verizon Business Risk ... (more)