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Today, Websense® is helping organizations and individuals protect their blogs, Facebook pages and other Web 2.0 sites through the delivery of Defensio™ 2.0, a threat detection system for the social Web that analyzes and classifies user-generated content in real-time as it is posted to blogs and Facebook pages, to protect visitors from being exposed to malicious links and spam.
Individuals and organizations with Facebook pages can visit www.defensio.com to download the free Defensio security application for Facebook. It runs on the Facebook page in real-time, scanning and analyzing content posted to the page – including wall posts, comments, third-party applications and links – to look for security threats and spam. If a threat is identified, the Defensio application alerts the Facebook page owner so they may remove it and prevent their online friends and fans from being exposed to the risk.
We’ve blogged before about the potential dangers that can lurk behind shortened URLs. Because shortened URLs are commonly shared among friends on social networking sites, users often don’t think twice about clicking on them despite the fact that they don’t know where they are being directed. Hackers and spammers have taken advantage of this trust by using shortened URLs to spread their wares to unsuspecting victims.
But that is about to change. Today, bit.ly – the leading URL shortening service – took a major step forward in preventing malware, spam and phishing through its shortened links by announcing that they will use Websense ThreatSeeker Cloud to analyze and categorize the Web sites and content behind millions of shortened bit.ly URLS created daily. Read more>
Websense, today released the most recent video report covering Web threat activity for October 2009. The video supplement to the monthly “This Month in the Threat Webscape” report presents an informative recap of the most pressing Web, email and data security challenges for the month. This month’s report covers:
· Facebook applications hacked
· Massive Facebook password reset phishing attack
· Microsoft Web Outlook credential stealing campaign
· The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alerting small and medium businesses to massive bank fraud responsible for $100 million in attempted losses
· FBI director Robert Mueller targeted in banking phishing attempt
The federal government designated October as national Cyber Security Awareness Month. In this short video on the White House blog, President Obama explains the importance of cyber security and gives strategies for protecting yourself while online.
Since its inception 15 years ago Websense® has been on the leading edge of Internet security, helping protect businesses, their employees and their essential information from Web-based threats. The combination of our Web, email and data security technologies, along with the research conducted in the Websense Security Labs™, enables us to protect our customers from today’s most advanced online security threats which span multiple attack vectors.
In this blog post, Websense provides some advice for staying secure while using the Web. You can also stay on top of the latest threats by reading the Websense Security Labs blog and by following the Security Labs on Twitter at www.twitter.com/websenselabs.
In this interview from V3.co.uk, Phil Muncaster sat down with threat research manager for the Websense Security Labs, Carl Leonard. Phil spoke with Carl about his role as head of the Websense Security Labs in Europe, the state of the threat landscape, Web 2.0 and the dangers of drive-by malware.
Each month, Websense Security Labs produces a report and video summary of the current threat Webscape, offering insight into the most recent hacks, exploits and trends in Web, email and data security.
Read This Month in the Threat Webscape report for September 2009>
Research shows that more and more enterprises are embracing Web 2.0 in the workplace. Yet, with all the excitement around Web 2.0 technologies and the new ways for businesses to use them, organizations must also be prepared for the increased security risks that they bring.
One recent example of all the excitement around Web 2.0 was the public launch of Google Wave, which aspires to be a step forward in the way people communicate and collaborate online. Google Wave consolidates elements of e-mail, chat, wikis, document collaboration, blogs, photo-sharing and other Web 2.0 applications into one hosted Web conversation, or a “wave.”
Given the public excitement and the strong brand recognition of Google, enterprises will likely see employees “pulling” Google Wave into the workplace -- with or without IT permission. To examine the risks that this presents, we asked Web and data security experts from Websense to weigh in with their opinions. Read More >
Patrik Runald recently joined Websense as Senior Manager, Security Research in the Websense Security Labs. We were able to tear him away from discovering and researching the most recent threats for a few minutes to talk about his work experience, perspective on today’s threats and his first impressions of the Websense Security Labs. Read more>
The latest video installment of the Websense Security Labs series "This Month in the Threat Webscape" recaps the most pressing Web, email and data security threats from last month.
How Government Agencies Can Enable Employee Access to Web 2.0 for more Open and Transparent Governing
As a result of the Open Government Brainstorm, the Obama administration recently stated that it will discuss with the public (via the Whitehouse.gov blog) ways that the federal government should begin using more social media and Web 2.0 tools to create a more effective and transparent government. Websense offers advice and technology to help government can accomplish its Web 2.0 plan safely and securely.