what we're reading, week of 3/30

von VPNHaus | 02.04.2009 |Highlights

From Rational Survivability…
Introducing the Cloud Security Alliance
Our friends from Rational Survivability are introducing the Cloud Security Alliance at the upcoming RSA conference being held in San Francisco. The alliance is a non-profit organization formed to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing.

From Branden Williams' Security Convergence Blog…
Review of PCI Congressional Hearing
Branden Williams gives us an in-depth review of the PCI Congressional Hearing that took place March 31st—you can read individuals transcripts, watch the hearing and read what the Twitterverse had to say about it. Brenden believes the session was extremely productive, and he hopes that this leads to a better understanding of data and payment security.

From around the Blogosphere…
The April 1st activation date for the Conficker worm passed. There was much hype about this worm, as it was estimated to affect one to two million computers worldwide. Here are three articles which we thought were interesting.

The Washington Post | Security Fix
Asia, Europe, S. America Biggest Conficker Targets
Brain Krebs reports on the Conficker worm the day before it is expected to hit. Brian explains the potential threats the worm may cause and the precautionary actions users should take. The next day, April Fool’s Day, Brian plays a joke on his readers and reports on fake exploits of the worm.

StillSecure, After All These Years
Just what the security industry needs
Alan Shimel questions whether the worm was a big-to-do or not? Reminding us that NAC was designed to stop this sort of thing, Alan writes, so we all woke up today and the world was still here. In fact the market is even up as I write this… Also, included in this post are more articles on the Conficker worm.

ZDNet | Zero Day
Eyeballing Conficker with eye-charts and maps
Ryan Naraine reports on the Conficker worm the day after it hit. Ryan states the worm is still potentially dangerous—he also includes a chart to see if your computer has been infected (or you can click here for the chart)

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