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Four security metrics that matter

Computerworld Security: August 28, 2015

Four security metrics that matter

As security gains greater visibility in boardrooms and C-suites, security
professionals are increasingly asked to provide metrics to track the current
state of a company's defenses. But which numbers really matter?

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1. Dell Oro Group: Check Point, Palo Alto, Fortinet making gains in security appliances

2. Some routers vulnerable to remote hacking

3. BitTorrent patches flaw that could amplify distributed denial-of-service attacks

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Dell Oro Group: Check Point, Palo Alto, Fortinet making gains in security appliances

There's a continuing shift among the top security appliance vendors that has
Cisco remaining at the top of the sales heap but with Check Point Software,
Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks making gains and pressuring Juniper Networks,
according to new research from Dell'Oro Group.

Some routers vulnerable to remote hacking

Several DSL routers from different manufacturers contain a guessable hard-coded
password that allows the devices to be accessed with a hidden administrator

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BitTorrent patches flaw that could amplify distributed denial-of-service attacks

BitTorrent fixed a vulnerability that would have allowed attackers to hijack
BitTorrent applications -- used by hundreds of millions of users -- in order to
amplify distributed denial-of-service attacks.

Security education on phishing can save companies millions

Comprehensive security training programs with a continuous training methodology
can significantly reduce the financial consequences of phishing in the
workplace, according to a research report published Wednesday.To read this
article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

Security concerns prompt largest Tor dark market to suspend operations

Agora, the Tor network's largest black marketplace, has been temporarily shut
down because its administrators worry the website is vulnerable to recent
methods of exposing Tor Hidden Services.


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