You can't secure what you don't acknowledge.SM

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Very cool thing about the Sysinternals tools

OK, I'm a bit late to the punch on this one but just in case you don't know, the awesome Sysinternals tools (a must-have for every security pro) are now available online for immediate access here. No more downloading, unzipping, etc. - just click and run...assuming you can get past your Web browser controls. ;)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Interesting solution to the new Red Flags requirements

I can't vouch for the quality of this offering I recently came across it but it does look interesting. It's called CompliancePal and it helps businesses automate/manage the requirements of the new FTC Red Flags Rules that are intended to help fix the problem we have with identity theft here in the U.S.

Heaven knows business managers need help taking the pain out of the compliance process wherever they can!

What if you had to pay for your software licenses?

I've learned the hard way and have since touted the benefits of automating as much as you can when it comes to IT and security management. Software licensing is no different. Here's an interesting story about a time-consuming costly software license audit from Microsoft and AutoDesk that could happen to any given organization at any given time. I suspect the outcome would've been much less painful had this gentleman been automating his software license auditing.

What I see in my work underscores the issue: many network managers don't really know what's taking place on their networks and running on their computers much less have automated solutions that can provide a real-time look into the enterprise bits and bytes.

With the forthcoming lie-low-and-get-caught-up-on-some-stuff slowdown of 2009, now may be the time to start looking into to software licensing audit tools - including Microsoft's SAM. Don't get me wrong - this isn't a call for the open source movement - but rather getting your arms around what you've got, cleaning up house, and doing what's right.