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May 2007

Project Evros keeps laptops and data secure

Keep Laptops on a Leash Nascent technology tackles mobile employee security and management. Admins used to be in charge when everyone sat at an office desk and booted up a mini-tower, but today's mobile employees are largely out of their control. How do companies protect sensitive data on lost or stolen laptops, for example? And how do they keep antivirus, patches and configurations up to date? Project Evros is a 3G-enabled PCMCIA card from Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, designed to put IT departments back in charge of laptops, no matter where they are, whether they are logged in to the corporate network, and whether they are on or off. The value proposition is in management and security. End user connectivity is controlled via 3G, WiFi or LAN VPN, depending on circumstances. Managers can update laptops via the 3G modem, even while it sits in the case in your hotel room, letting Evros cache the files until it is switched on. The 3G connection opens wide possibilities, from downloading all types of media to automated remote backups. "...

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Features in this issue

  • Intellectual property protection do's and don'ts

    Theft of intellectual property is a growing problem but many companies are not prepared to deal with this security threat. Learn about the risk involved with trade secrets, why companies are failing to protect intellectual property and tips for data protection, including risk assessment, encryption, and corporate governance.

  • Product review: Watchfire's AppScan 7.0

    Product review of Watchfire's AppScan 7.0, an application security testing tool for developers, quality assurance teams and penetration testers. The security product runs on Windows XP, Vista or 2003 Server.

  • Bit9 Parity product review for endpoint security

    Product review of Bit9's Parity 3.5, a PC security tool designed to give enterprises control over what users can do on company computers and prevent executables in malware from running on desktops. Automatically installs SQL Server 2005 and Apache Web Server, which is used for remote administration.

Columns in this issue

  • Hacker demonstrates targeted attack

    Hacker Robert Hansen, also known as RSnake, demonstrates the pains cybercriminals take to target specific organizations and individuals through an exercise posted on his blog, which targeted the head of Google's spam team. Hansen's exercise underscores the threat companies face from today's organized and patient cybercriminals.

  • Fight cybercrime by understanding a hacker's mind and attack motive

    Computer crime laws and security policies aren't enough to combat increasingly sophisticated cybercrime. Understanding the criminal mind and a hacker's motive can help an organization determine what assets are most valuable and better distribute security resources.

  • Interview: PayPal CISO Michael Barrett

    PayPal's 133 million online customers are the biggest ocean for phishers to plunder. CISO Michael Barrett wants to make it safe to be in the water, and he's not going at it alone. Backed by PayPal's sophisticated fraud models and help from ISPs, Barrett is succeeding in protecting the most-spoofed brand on the Internet.

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