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  • Positive changes coming to ModSecurity

    Black Hat: The popular open source Web application firewall is getting a new tool that observes and analyzes application traffic and helps establish accepted behavior. 

  • Best practices for application-level firewall selection and deployment

    Application-level firewalls are an essential aspect of any organization's multi-layered defense strategy, but the implementation process has some security pros scratching their heads. In this tip, contributor Joel Dubin discusses the contrasting fact... 

  • PCI Council issues clarification on Web application security

    The PCI Security Standards Council released documentation hoping to reduce a tide of confusion over enforcement of application firewalls and code reviews. 

  • Will firewalls have to adapt to applications that use port 80?

    The Web browser is now the most commonly used application user interface, and port 80 is used for the majority of these browser-application communications. App expert Michael Cobb explains how firewall makers have had to adapt their technology accord... 

  • NAC, disk encryption gaining attention, survey shows

    IT decision makers said they are struggling to fund projects, but many expressed interest in NAC, disk encryption and application security technologies. 

  • What evaluation criteria should be used when buying a firewall?

    Choosing a firewall for the enterprise isn't always easy. In this expert Q&A, Mike Chapple provides three important points to consider before deciding on a product. 

  • What are the drawbacks to application firewalls?

    Application-layer firewalls examine ingoing and outgoing traffic more carefully than traditional packet-filtering firewalls, so why are some holding back on deployment? In this SearchSecurity.com Q&A, Michael Cobb reveals some cost and performance is... 

  • Building application firewall rule bases

    Security professionals have worked hard in recent years to tighten up their security controls, but they often neglected one area: the application layer. In this tip, Mike Chapple explains how a carefully deployed application firewall can plug a criti... 

  • Defending layer 7: A look inside application-layer firewalls

    Run-of-the-mill network firewalls can't properly defend applications. As Michael Cobb explains, application-layer firewalls offer Layer 7 security on a more granular level, and may even help organizations to get more out of existing network devices. 

  • McAfee fixes flaw in Mac antivirus software

    Attackers could exploit the hole in McAfee's Virex 7.7 antivirus program for Mac OS X to bypass the malware scanner, but a fix is available.