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September 2007

Rootkit detection and removal know-how

Difficult to detect and nearly impossible to remove, rootkits may already own your systems. Rootkit is a scary word to a CIO. It conjures visions of worms eating through the network, backdoors opened to sensitive or proprietary information, users unaware of their credit card numbers being stolen, and the stifling cost of incident response. Rootkits are discussed in hushed tones, as if the mere word will summon one from the ether. At the end of the day, rootkits are like any other malware, but tougher to detect and remove. Competitive corporations, organized crime and terrorists are using these tools to attack networks and steal data. While customer data theft can cost a company millions, insider threats are the major problem. More than 70 percent of a company's value may be held in its intellectual property assets, a prime target for competitive intelligence gathering. Rootkits can be used to steal information without detection, which is what makes them so dangerous. Bad guys design rootkits to stay hidden for years, so they ...

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Features in this issue

  • Rootkit detection and removal know-how

    Get advice on how to detect malware and rootkits and the best ways to achieve rootkit removal and prevent hacker attacks.

  • What CISOs need to know about computer forensics

    With computer forensics needed for civil litigation, human resources investigations and criminal cases, organizations need to ensure they're prepared and evidence is preserved. This feature details steps involved in computer forensics, common missteps, and forensics resources.

  • Logical, physical security integration challenges

    Integrating physical and IT security can reap considerable benefits for an organization, including enhanced efficiency and compliance plus improved security. But convergence isn't easy. Challenges include bringing the physical and IT security teams together, combining heterogenous systems, and upgrading a patchwork of physical access systems.

  • Consolidation's impact on best-of-breed security

    Standalone security vendors are attractive targets for large infrastructure players such as EMC. This feature looks at the consolidation in the security market and the potential for best-of-breed security to eventually disolve into a mashup of suites and services by big vendors like EMC, IBM, Microsoft, and HP.

  • SIM and NBA product combination is powerful

    The recent announcement that Mazu Networks, a provider of network-based analysis (NBA) tools, and eIQnetworks, a supplier of SIM products, underscores the trend towards convergence in the NBA and SIM markets. The value proposition is clear: two useful network/security data analysis tools in one integrated package.

  • Intrusion Prevention: Stonesoft's SGI-2000S IPS

    SGI-2000S IPS

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