Wednesday, February 28, 2007
"Microsoft is leveraging its ownership of the market leading operating system and numerous applications that are market leaders in their respective categories (Exchange, SQL Server, Active Directory) to drive customers to use Microsoft virtualization products. Their tactics are focused on software licensing and distribution terms (for SQL Server, Exchange, Windows Server, Vista) and through the APIs and formats for virtualized Windows," the white paper continued.
Among VMware's specific charges:
• "Microsoft has posted language that restricts use of their VHD-formatted VMs ("VHDs") to MS Virtual Server and/or Virtual PC only (as opposed to VMware products, which also run VHDs)."
• "Microsoft is strictly enforcing their VHD format on users and ISVs as a closed ecosystem and not allowing compatibility or translation with other formats."
• "Recent changes in Microsoft licensing have taken a negative stance on mobility and virtualization. These new Microsoft licensing policies ask for permanent assignment of operating system licenses to hardware and then restrict the movement of those operating system licenses, even for virtualized environments that can be moved seamlessly from machine to machine."
• "Microsoft has recently announced a prohibition on virtualizing the less expensive versions of Vista (Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium)." Microsoft also is limiting the number of times virtualized environments can be moved to different machines, and what kinds of content (anything "protected by Microsoft digital, information, or enterprise rights management technology" can be virtualized.
• "Microsoft has developed proprietary APIs (including but not limited to what Microsoft calls "Enlightenments") for Longhorn that manage communication between Windows and Microsoft's hypervisor. Microsoft disclosed these API specifications at the WinHEC conference in June 2006, but is not permitting use of these APIs by other virtualization vendors or open source projects. The one exception is Novell, which agreed to give Microsoft critical operating system intellectual property rights and ongoing payments to Microsoft in return."
Thursday, February 8, 2007
American Universities and Non-Profit-Organizations to benefit from a Free Website Security Audit offered by Acunetix
Kirkland, Washington – January 09, 2007 – Institutions for higher education and Not-For-Profit Organizations are experiencing a surge in attempts aimed at hacking their data. The more recent known examples were perpetrated against UCLA, the University of Texas, and Mississippi State University. Acunetix, a leading vendor of web application security solutions, is offering all American Universities and Not-for-profit Organizations a complimentary website audit through its recently launched service, Acunetix SiteAudit.
Last month, a hacker infiltrated a massive database from the University of California, Los Angeles, containing personal information (including social security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and contact information) on 800,000 people in one of the worst computer breaches ever at a US university.
“There is a general lack of awareness about web application security,” stated K. J. Vella, VP Sales and Operations at Acunetix. “Organizations, in general, do not realize if your web apps are weak, hackers will find a way to get in and steal your data. What makes the situation worse is that you’ll never know they’ve been in. Hackers will not leave a trail, your data will still remain there but a copy of it resides in its entirety elsewhere either for immediate sale or for later use.” “Buyers could use the data to fraudulently apply for cell phones, credit cards or to launch cyber terrorist attacks. Whichever the aim, organizations are duty-bound to protect the data entrusted them,” explained Vella.
University systems are usually highly decentralized which makes it hard to ensure tight security. Furthermore, Not-for-profit organizations might not have the in-house expertise needed to run auditing software efficiently and effectively, nor want to maintain in-house testing since this adds to overhead.
Acunetix is, therefore, offering the possibility of having their website audited at no cost.
“SiteAudit normally retails for $395. We are now offering Universities and Not-for-Profit Organizations the opportunity to get their website and web applications checked by one of the leading solutions found on the market place today for free. Our web security experts will audit a website and issue a full report,” explained Vella.
- Provides an immediate and comprehensive website security audit
- Ensures website is secure against web attacks
- Checks for SQL injection, Cross site scripting and other vulnerabilities
- Audits shopping carts, forms, and dynamic content
More information about Acunetix SiteAudit is available at: http://www.acunetix.com/site-audit/.
How to apply
Universities and Non-Profit-Organizations can apply for a free site audit by visiting http://www.acunetix.com/site-audit/us-universities.htm or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including general contact details and website URL.
Acunetix was founded to combat the alarming rise in web attacks. Its flagship product, Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner, is the result of several years of development by a team of highly experienced security developers. Acunetix is a privately held company with headquarters based in Europe (Malta), a US office in Seattle, Washington and an office in London, UK. For more information about Acunetix, visit: http://www.acunetix.com; http://www.acunetix.de.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Monday, February 5, 2007
Information about VOIP and SIP is often only available in English. With its multi-lingual information centre, 3CX is aiming to inform the significant percentage of the global population that do not understand or have difficulty understanding English.
“The use of VOIP and IP PBX is growing at a staggering rate,” said Nick Galea 3CX CEO. “However, how many people actually understand its pros, or how they can set about taking advantage of it in their own environment? The IP PBX, VOIP & SIP FAQ will be a useful resource for those who wish to educate themselves on the subject.”
Traditional Chinese http://www.3cx.com.tw/voip-sip/ip-pbx-faq.php
Simplified Chinese http://www.3cx.cn/voip-sip/ip-pbx-faq.php
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