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A Monthly Newsletter – May 2008

Survey results from VanDyke Software's annual "What Keeps You Up At Night" survey show the ever-changing landscape of network security and the ways IT professionals constantly adapt to external conditions. Then, looking ahead to our next releases, scan through the set of features that are now ready for pre-beta review. Development is well underway for the next beta release, so take this chance to give your feedback on the new search and right-click menus. This month's tip shows you how to create a custom dialog with HTML and the Internet Explorer object.


1. IT Survey Shows Remote Access, File Transfer Are Priorities
2. Wanted: SecureCRT®, SecureFX® Testers For Search & Menus
3. Calling VShell® Server Testers: VShell User DB, Kill Switch
4. Scripting Corner: How To Create A Custom Dialog Using the Internet Explorer Object
5. New and Current Releases

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IT Survey Shows Remote Access, File Transfer Are Priorities

Results of our fifth annual "What Keeps You Up At Night?" survey show that secure remote access and file transfer continue to grow in importance to IT professionals as other high-profile areas have leveled off.

The survey, conducted by Amplitude Research last month, asked network administrators to rank their top three security management issues. Of eleven areas ranked, securing remote access and file transfer continue to increase in priority, though at a slower rate than last year.

Here are the top 11 management concerns for 2008:

  • Securing remote access (50%)
  • Keeping virus definitions up to date (42%)
  • Monitoring intrusions (40%)
  • Secure file transfer (33%)
  • Patching systems (30%)
  • Password management (27%)
  • Network use monitoring (21%)
  • User awareness (19%)
  • User training (14%)
  • Managing logs (12%)
  • Replacing nonsecure protocols (11%)

Fully 80% of respondents using secure file transfer said that their security policies identified what sensitive data required secure file transfer, up from only 60% in 2006. However, only 42% reported always using a secure method of file transfer when exchanging sensitive data with customers or other third parties, and only 40% when transferring files internally.

To find out more about what's keeping network administrators up at night or sleeping like a baby, visit the VanDyke Software website.

Or, read of the IT media coverage of the survey:

Network World, "What keeps network managers up at night?", Denise Dubie
SC Magazine, "IT security budgets are holding steady, survey," Chuck Miller
ComputerWorld, "Opinion: Network managers: good worries, disappointing lapses." Scott Bradner

2. Wanted: SecureCRT, SecureFX Testers For Search & Menus

VanDyke Software Development group continues to work on new capabilities for SecureCRT and SecureFX. This month, we have two new features in pre-beta release for you to try: a Connect dialog search function, and new commands for the SecureFX right-click menus.

The Connect dialog search operation for SecureCRT and SecureFX will allow you to search for a session name, hostname, folder name, or description keyword.

SecureFX's new right-click menu items will provide all these navigation options: back, forward, parent folder, home folder, root folder, current Explorer folder.

To try out and provide feedback on the new Connect search or SecureFX context menus, send e-mail to .

3. Calling VShell® Server Testers: VShell User DB, Kill Switch

The VShell server has two new capabilities available in pre-beta software for review and comment.

An internal user database provides accounts with SFTP, SCP, and FTPS file transfer services. Access to these services is controlled by the server's Access Control and Virtual Root settings, and user profiles can be managed from the VShell Control Panel or with VShellConfig.

Next is "who --kill", which adds the ability to disconnect active VShell connections using the "who" utility with a "--kill" command-line option. This gives the network administrator additional control over the connections to the server.

If you are interested in testing and giving feedback on either of these new capabilities, send e-mail to .

4. Scripting Corner: How To Create A Custom Dialog Using the Internet Explorer Object

A common need in scripting is the ability to create GUI interfaces for user interaction, like gathering username and password data, or displaying script output. While VBScript's MsgBox and InputBox let you script certain simple interactions, you can create more sophisticated dialogs using HTML code with the Internet Explorer object. This tip walks you through building the dialog, displaying it, and handling events in the dialog with full code samples.

To read the complete tip, visit the VanDyke Software website Tips section.

5. New And Current Releases

The SecureCRT 6.0.2 and SecureFX 6.0.2 official releases made in late April deliver increased productivity with enhanced user tools and a high level of integration between SecureCRT and SecureFX. SecureCRT adds the ability to move tabs in and out of windows, as well as a new button bar to automate tasks. SecureFX offers mirroring with delete, an editable address bar, and the ability to resolve symbolic links. There is a combined installer for both clients is available, as well as an installer for U3 smart drives.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.0.2
  SecureFX 6.0.2
  CRT™ 6.0.2
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.0.2
  VShell 3.0.4 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.0.4 Server for UNIX
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0
     Solaris 10 (SPARC)
     Solaris 8 (SPARC)
     FreeBSD 6.1 (Intel x86)
     HP-UX 11
     Mac OS X 10.2
     AIX 5.3

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