Posts Categorized: Security

OpenSSL Vulnerability

A weakness has been discovered in the random number generator used by OpenSSL on Debian and Ubuntu systems. As a result of this weakness, certain encryption keys are much more common than they should be, such that an attacker could guess the key through a brute-force attack given minimal knowledge of the system. This particularly… Read more »

Securing Xen in a Distributed Environment

Xen is one of the newest virtualization platforms available that can securely run multiple virtual guest servers, each running its own operating system, on a single physical system with close to native performance.  It is available on many Linux platforms as an open source application and directly from XenSource Inc. 

Act Now To Prevent Data Breaches

After twelve months of increasingly dramatic press headlines about failures to safeguard personal data records, it’s time to assess the size of the issue and identify best practice steps for reducing the incidence of, and damage caused by, these data breaches. The IT Governance Data Breaches Report identifies that spectacular data breaches, such as the… Read more »

Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPPA), PCI, SOX and Web Hosting

“HIPAA” is an acronym for the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (August 21), Public Law 104-191, which amended the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986. Also known as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act, the Act includes a section, Title II, entitled Administrative Simplification, requiring: Improved efficiency in health care delivery by standardizing electronic data… Read more »