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A Monthly Newsletter – November 2011

The last month has been very busy, with maintenance releases of all applications as well as ongoing development of new capabilities in SecureCRT® and the VShell® server, now ready for pre-beta testing. We also published the results of our annual survey of IT professionals on the state of network security. A relevant security tip shows you how to automate e-mail notification for failed authentication attempts using the VShell trigger mechanism. Support for new operating system releases in SecureCRT and the VShell server rounds out this issue's news.


1. Fall IT Survey: Intrusion, Employee, Outsourcing Concerns
2. Tip: Failed Authentication Trigger Guards Against Intrusion
3. SecureCRT 6.7.3 Release Has Mac OS X Lion, RHEL 6 Support
4. VShell 3.8.3 Release Adds RHEL 6 and Ubuntu 11
5. Call for Testers: SecureCRT, ClientPack for Windows
6. New and Current Releases

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1. Fall IT Survey: Intrusion, Employee, Outsourcing Concerns

The results of VanDyke Software's Fall 2011 survey on network security show that IT staff assess the impact of outsourcing very differently. On another front, small organizations are seeing an increase in intrusions, while those at the enterprise level continue to vary the most from year to year. Finally, though not a predominant cause of problems, unauthorized access attributed to employees has increased significantly in the last year.

Of respondents whose organizations outsource technology jobs offshore, 36% believed the practice had a positive impact on their organization’s network security, while 36% said it had a negative impact and 28% felt there was no impact. By contrast, in 2010 nearly half (48%) felt there was a negative impact.

Fifty percent of small organizations experienced an intrusion of their user machines, office network, or servers, compared to 36% in 2005. Midrange companies experienced steady but high rates, 58% in 2011. 2011 saw a significant decline in intrusions at large companies, from 67% in 2010 to 49% in 2011 (rates were 56% in 2008 and 41% in 2009). Small indicates 100 to 999 U.S. employees, midsize from 1,000 to 4,999, and large 5,000 or more employees.

Unauthorized access by current and former employees increased from 6% in 2010 to 11% in 2011. Among the many reasons for intrusions, those related to employees were carelessness or negligence (12% of cases) and employee web usage (6%). Other causes or contributing factors included inadequate security policies (17%) and hacking (14%).

The seventh annual survey of 350 IT managers and network administrators was commissioned by VanDyke Software and conducted by Amplitude Research. Click here to read the three press releases on our Fall survey.

2. Tip: Failed Authentication Trigger Guards Against Intrusion

The online tip on using a VShell trigger to send e-mail on a failed authentication event has been updated. This use of triggers is worth a network administrator's attention, as a first-line defense against unauthorized intrusion.

To read the complete tip on using the failed authentication trigger, please visit the VanDyke Software website support section.

SecureCRT 6.7.3 Release Has Mac OS X Lion, RHEL 6 Support

Two new operating systems have been added to the list of supported platforms for the SecureCRT application. With the latest 6.7.3 release of SecureCRT for Mac, the current Apple Mac OS X version 10.7 or "Lion" is now supported. This means you can run SecureCRT on the latest MacBook Air, the first Apple machine delivered with Lion.

In addition, SecureCRT for Linux adds Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 to its OS list. Other supported Linux versions include Ubuntu 10.x, Ubuntu 11.x, and RHEL 5.5.

Try SecureCRT 6.7.3 today!

VShell 3.8.3 Release Adds RHEL 6 and Ubuntu 11

The November maintenance release for the VShell 3.8.3 server includes support for the RHEL 6 and Ubuntu 11 operating systems. As of this release, RHEL 5.0 support will no longer be provided.

Download the latest VShell server release 3.8.3.

Call for Testers: SecureCRT, ClientPack for Windows

VanDyke Software development needs volunteers to provide feedback on releases of upcoming SecureCRT and ClientPack versions.

SecureCRT will add TFTP server capability, allowing network admins to transfer executable images and backup configurations directly to SecureCRT without the need to install a separate TFTP server.

In ClientPack for Windows, an IBinaryStream object has been added to VRALib that supports streaming binary files. Supporting functions were added to the IRemoteExec, iFileSystemObject, and IFileObject objects.

If you would like to test SecureCRT or ClientPack, please send e-mail to Maureen Jett at .

5. New and Current Releases

Maintenance releases were made November 8th to address issues identified in previous releases of SecureCRT, SecureFX, the VShell server, and the ClientPack utilities. The VShell server added RHEL 6.0 and Ubuntu 11 support, while SecureCRT for Mac now supports Mac OS X 10.7 or "Lion".

The following is a list of the latest official product releases:

   SecureCRT 6.7.3
   SecureFX 6.7.3
   VanDyke ClientPack 6.7.3
   VShell® 3.8.3 Server

To download any of the current or previous releases, go to:

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