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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – November 2005

This month we report on several interesting new releases and projects: a fresh survey on big IT issues and practices, a new VShell® server 2.5 official release, and a book chapter by our own Marc Orchant that draws on ways our company approaches business productivity. As we're always looking for ways to increase the productivity of our network admins, "The Script Doctor" debuts with handy ideas on backing up configuration data for routers. The flow of ideas on the discussion forums continues to build, with half of the information in the current issue having surfaced at some point on forums.vandyke.com. The next time you're at the web site to download an update, do pop over to the forums – odds are it will be time well spent.

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Contents
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1. New VShell Server 2.5 Official Release - Now With X.509!
2. IT Security Survey: Over One Third Of Big Companies Get Hacked
3. The Script Doctor: How To Back Up Router Config Files Using TFTP
4. Tip: Using The JAWS Screen Reader With SecureCRT
5. Did You Know? Storing Configuration Files On A Network Drive
6. Heard On The Forum: Combining SecureCRT, SecureFX On A USB Drive
7. Need More Space? Of Course You Do!
8. New and Current Releases

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1. New VShell Server 2.5 Official Release - Now With X.509!
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VShell server 2.5 is now in official release. In addition to enhanced triggers and support for IPv6, VShell 2.5 extends X.509 certificate authentication to UNIX platforms (if you need X.509 support for Mac OS X or FreeBSD, or IPv6 support for AIX 4.3 or HP-UX 11, let us know).

VShell Secure Shell server is a secure alternative to Telnet and FTP on Windows and UNIX platforms. VShell server is simple to install and implement, enabling you to quickly deploy and realize business value. Armed with strong encryption, trusted authentication, and data integrity, VShell servers allow you to securely share electronic transactions with those in your company, as well as with contractors and customers.

With fine-tuned configuration options and trusted authentication methods, you can administer your security plan procedures to prevent classified information from migrating to unclassified treatment.

To download VShell Server 2.5 or to read more about the release, please visit the VShell web pages.

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2. IT Security Survey: Over One Third Of Big Companies Get Hacked
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VanDyke Software periodically commissions surveys of IT security professionals to learn more about their security woes, concerns and solutions. An October 2005 survey of 360 IT pros, conducted by Amplitude Research, came up with a surprise: only 53% have turned off nonsecure protocols such as Telnet and FTP.

As Jeff P. Van Dyke, president of VanDyke Software, commented "In the final quarter of 2005, it is somewhat surprising that only slightly more than half of enterprises indicated they have turned off nonsecure protocols like Telnet or FTP. It is an important step to decreasing intrusion vulnerability and yet the number of enterprises that actually do so is far from being an 'overwhelming majority'."

Here are a few more essential findings of the latest survey:

  • Forty percent of companies with 20,000 or more employees reported a security breach.
  • Over 50% of medium and large enterprises use automated scripts for security monitoring and to propagate virus definitions.
  • One in four enterprises said that they were victims of intrusions to their networks or servers in the last two years.

The findings also include the most popular security tactics in use at the enterprise level, as well as what information sources organizations use to stay current.

See how your company stacks up against these results by reading the survey summary. You can also participate in a quick poll on turning off Telnet and FTP.

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3. The Script Doctor: How To Back Up Router Config Files Using TFTP
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Do you need to establish routine backups for router configuration files in a large organization to keep sysadmins from stepping on each other's changes? Are you up against the wall to provide verifiable router configuration backup for Sarbanes-Oxley or HIPAA compliance? Recent traffic on the VanDyke Software forums discusses a method of backing up Cisco config files with SecureCRT® scripts using TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol).

Forum user "adeshotel" demonstrates his method and rationale, and provides two sample scripts for SecureCRT or CRT™. TFTP is a UDP-based protocol that, though not secure, is valuable behind a secure firewall. Handling authentication to Secure Shell-enabled routers is also discussed.

To read the discussion on config file backup using TFTP, visit this VanDyke Software forum thread.

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4. Tip: Using The JAWS Screen Reader With SecureCRT
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Screen readers are indispensable tools for the blind or visually impaired computer user. SecureCRT is compatible with a variety of screen readers, such as JAWS from Freedom Scientific and GW Micro's Window-Eyes. You can optimize your screen reader's behavior with SecureCRT using scripts. This tip discusses JAWS scripting capability, and provides sample JAWS scripts for SecureCRT.

Read the complete tip with sample scripts and links to other resources.

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5. Did You Know? Storing Configuration Files On A Network Drive
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Would you like to be able to sit down at any machine and have access to your SecureCRT or SecureFX(R) session data? One easy way to do this is to store your configuration on a universally accessible network drive and point the application to that file.

There are two methods of running a local copy of SecureCRT using a network-based configuration file. You can change the Global Options/Options/Advanced setting for "Configuration folder" to point to the network location, for example:

  \\server\share\user\VanDyke\SecureCRT\Config

Or you can use the /F {folder path} command line parameter to specify a specific configuration file location on startup.

For more discussion of this subject and further options, check out this discussion on the VanDyke Software Forum.

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6. Heard On The Forum: Combining SecureCRT, SecureFX On A USB Drive
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Lots of people have tried running SecureCRT from a USB flash drive, and they like it so much they want to run SecureFX® that way too – and get the integration capabilities of the latest releases. Never fear, the Forum's here! Product Director Maureen shows how to copy the needed SecureFX files to the SecureCRT folder, and even save room on the flash drive. Read the thread here.

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7. Need More Space? Of Course You Do!
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We're pleased to announce the publication of "More Space - Nine Antidotes to Complacency in Business", a collection of essays on business topics by well-known bloggers, including VanDyke Software's own chief of marketing, Marc Orchant. Marc's piece is entitled "Work is Broken". In it, Marc discusses the ways individuals and organizations have not yet productively adapted to the changes technology has wrought on the workplace. Then he offers some techniques and tools to improve e-mail, presentations, meetings and other time-sucking chunks of your work life, based on his experience at VanDyke Software implementing the ideas of leading business process thinkers such as David Allen and Bill Jensen.

Read more about the "More Space" book, including where to order it, on Marc's blog, theofficeweblog.

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8. New and Current Releases
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The official release of VShell server 2.5 is now available. In addition to enhanced triggers and support for IPv6, the release extends X.509 certificate authentication to UNIX platforms (if you need X.509 support for Mac OS X or FreeBSD, or IPv6 support for AIX 4.3 or HP-UX 11 – let us know).

Maintenance releases of SecureCRT 5.0.4, SecureFX 3.0.4, and CRT 5.0.4 were made available in November 2005 to address issues identified in previous releases. A release of VShell server 2.3.7 was made October 13, with changes to logging on the Windows platform and in installation on
HP-UX.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.0.4
  SecureFX 3.0.4
  Entunnel™ 1.1.2
  CRT 5.0.4
  AbsoluteFTP2.2.10
  VShell 2.5 Server for Windows
  VShell 2.5 Server for UNIX
    Red Hat Linux 7.x
    Red Hat Linux 8.x
    Red Hat Linux 9.x
    Red Hat Enterprise v2.1/v3
    Solaris 8 (SPARC)
    FreeBSD 4.8/5.3/5.4
    HP-UX 11
    Mac OS X 10.2
    AIX 4.3/5.2/5.3

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