This week, Michael Ossmann of SecurityFocus released an alarming article on the recent advancements in wireless LAN encryption cracking that put manyWLAN networks once thought to be secure at risk. Even though the WPA standard brought us TKIP encryption in 2003 and the 802.
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When people start referring to MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second) being turned into a commodity due to utility and grid computing, it sounds like the best thing since sliced bread. But if you really start to think about it, the idea becomes more and more ludicrous.
Last week, Apple announced the availability of a mega patch that addressed 17 security vulnerabilities. Some of the vulnerabilities affected open-source components of Mac OS X such as Apache, while other vulnerabilities affected Apple's in-house code.
VoIP and Wi-Fi were never designed to work with each other, but the strong demand for it has resulted in an arranged marriage of children. Both technology are barely out of their infancy and just beginning to enter in to the main stream of everyday life, but there are serious obstacles to the success of this marriage.
MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out) Wireless Ethernet radio technology is one of the candidates for the new 802.11n standard.
If 802.11b, then 802.11a, then 802.11g and all the bastardized variations of 11g weren't already confusing enough, a new generation of 802.
SSL VPNs are often touted as the best thing since sliced bread as far as remote access is concerned. Recently, I even heard them described as "more secure" than traditional IP based VPN clients.
The time is 10:00 AM, and the network just went down -- and so did the IP phones. You're the IT manager and you're sweating bullets.
Microsoft has the right idea by implementing Smart Cards that not only allow their employees to access their computing resources, but their physical campus as well. But why stop there?
This age old debate has recently been rekindled by Finjan on the recent rapid disclosure of 10 possible Windows XP SP2 flaws. As it turned out, Finjan's motivation was highly questionable since they didn't give Microsoft a chance to fix the flaw before their disclosure to the public and they conveniently had their own software that they could sell you to protect you from their disclosure.