NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE
This months' feature focuses on a VanDyke survey that reveals the top priorities and concerns of IT security professionals. We also have a report on the recent Connectathon event in San Jose.
In product news, the initial beta release of VShell Server for UNIX 2.2 is now available to a limited number of testers. Also available this month is a new maintenance release, VShell 2.1.4 for Windows.
1. IT Responds To Constantly Changing Security Threats
If you are concerned about theft of proprietary information, sabotage, and outsider system penetration, you're not alone. These are the top three threats according to IT security professionals surveyed by VanDyke and Saurage Research, an independent research/survey firm. The survey, conducted in Q4 2002, polled 710 IT security managers at small and medium size organizations about their priorities in protecting their networks.
While most organizations have begun addressing external threats to security
by deploying firewall and antivirus solutions, a tremendous amount of
work remains to be done to protect data
Here's a sampling of comments made about top security concerns:
"Finding reliable, low maintenance, and compatible products to address network security, anti-virus, firewalling, and Windows/Linux integration solutions."
"Third-party partners compromising sensitive data."
"Encrypted vs. plain text passwords. Break-ins on the exposed web servers. Performance of the routers used for protection."
IT professionals are on the alert for anything that could develop into a security challenge. Interestingly, there are differences between perceived threats and those actually experienced. While system penetration, sabotage of data networks, and theft of proprietary information are the top concerns, viruses, system penetration, and denial of service headed the list of threats actually experienced.
A key finding is that IT security professionals identified individuals within the organization as being among the top 10 perceived security threats. This matched up with what actually occurred -- insiders were involved in a significant number of the security breaches in 2002.
Here are some responses given when IT managers were asked to finish the sentence "Protecting my network is like..."
"...running a fire department in a city full of pyromaniacs."
"...being nibbled to death by goldfish."
"...a walk in the park with the right products and a healthy portion of paranoia."
As in the past, IT professionals within small- or medium-sized businesses
face a multitude of external and internal security threats -- and budgets
remain tight. The challenge for IT is
Read the March 4, 2003 survey results at:
VanDyke Software is pleased to announce the initial beta release of VShell
Server for UNIX 2.2. VShell for UNIX provides IT professionals with the
ability to configure a Secure Shell solution from VanDyke Software for
their mixed platform networks and replace nonsecure Telnet and FTP
VanDyke Software just finished intensive interoperability testing at
Connectathon 2003 Feb. 27-Mar. 6. Connectathon was started by Sun Microsystems
in 1986 to promote multi-platform network computing. This year's attendees
included Cisco, Network Associates, IBM Linux Technology
The Connectathon event, where technical representatives from competing companies can work together cooperatively, is critical for the Secure Shell community. Working with other Secure Shell vendors, VanDyke Software developers tested and debugged code, increasing the interoperability of VanDyke products with other companies' offerings.
Read more about Connectathon at:
Scott Bradner is a columnist at Network World and an IT consultant to
Harvard University. In his January 13 'Net Insider column in Network World,
Bradner passes along VanDyke Software's thoughts on things that need to
go away to ensure enterprise network security, and adds a few of
Read this column on the NWFusion web site at:
Security 101 says to rid your network of anything that uses clear text
passwords....In spite of this being the first thing you should learn in
network kindergarten, far too many networks are still being managed using
good old telnet.
A maintenance release is now available for VShell 2.1.4.
You can download this release at:
For quick access to previous official releases, go to:
Here are direct links to download individual products:
VanDyke Company News is an opt-in mailing list. If you prefer not to receive e-mail like this from us, or need to change your e-mail address, go to:
with the following message in the body of your e-mail:
VanDyke Software, CRT, SecureCRT, SecureFX, Entunnel, AbsoluteFTP, and VShell are trademarks or registered trademarks of VanDyke Software, Inc. All other products and services mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.