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September 2010

Web 2.0 security threats and how to defend against them

There is an old Chinese proverb that reads "may you live in interesting times." For security professionals, this does not ring hollow because a security career is always evolving and responding to emerging threats; "interesting" is our daily mission. While our charge is broad, from architecture and policy, through awareness and compliance, much of what we do is defending against threats to the security of the information we protect. As the proverb tells us, this is where the interesting portion of our role gets defined. We have witnessed the evolution of threats migrate from attacking the vulnerabilities of the Web, through the weaknesses of messaging, on to data protection, and now into the realm of Web 2.0. What exactly is Web 2.0? You would find a myriad of answers to this if you asked all of your security (and non-security) friends. It is now the Internet as we now know it, and is known as the second generation of the World Wide Web. Web 2.0 refers to Web design, development, and use that foster interactive information ...

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