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Microsoft: Be secure, mind your drives

Businesses need to establish guidelines governing the use of removable storage devices and shared network resources to better protect their corporate networks, a Microsoft executive has urged.
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Written by Vivian Yeo on
SINGAPORE--Businesses need to establish guidelines governing the use of removable storage devices and shared network resources to better protect their corporate networks, a Microsoft executive has urged.

This was evident in the case of two worms that troubled enterprises in the first half of 2009, Jose Campos, Microsoft's director for Trustworthy Computing, said in a briefing here Thursday. Initiated by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in 2002, Trustworthy Computing aims to build better security into the software giant's products.

According to Redmond's latest Security Intelligence Report, the top threats for enterprises between January and June this year were Conficker and Taterf. Some Conficker variants, explained Campos, had the ability to spread via shared network resources and removable drives.

This was probably the case in Malaysia, where Conficker was the top threat recorded during the six-month period, he noted. Microsoft's report indicated that over 97,000 machines in the country were infected by the Conficker family during the first six months of 2009.

For more, read "Microsoft: Be secure, mind your drives" on ZDNet Asia.

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