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13 December 2004
Volume II, Issue XII 

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In this issue of Behind the Shield, Guardian Digital's chronicle of Internet and open source security news, we'll cover company highlights, thoughts from our CEO and revealing points on how Guardian Digital products are rapidly changing the face of open source for business.

Read on to learn Guardian Digital’s crucial role in the revamped LinuxSecurity.com online resource.

Guardian Digital Debuts New LinuxSecurity.com

On December 1, 2004, LinuxSecurity.com, the premier source for open source and security news launched its new and improved website. In addition to the original content and streaming news, the revamped LinuxSecurity.com site also contains a host of new features and resources including message boards, member forums, user group listings, and live chat capabilities. Founded in 1996 by Guardian Digital CEO David Wreski, LinuxSecurity.com is a vital part of the Guardian Digital Security Association (GDSA) and has quickly become a premier information resource for IT professionals, security enthusiasts, and members of the open source community alike.

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Guardian Digital Provides Internet and Email Services for Colorado Warehouse & Fulfillment Firm

As an IT manager, it is essential when making a network purchasing decision that the solution you chose is consistently supported. With technology changing so rapidly, frequent updates and upgrades are vital to optimize the functionality of the system for years to come. When Brett Hoopingarner, vice president of information technology for the Intrepid Group, found his current Internet solution was no longer being supported by the vendor, he turned to Guardian Digital.

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Industry Note

Will Using Linux Lead to Intellectual Property Lawsuits?

In recent weeks Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Ballmer made several statements warning the Asian government of the potential intellectual property lawsuits they could be susceptible to if they were to choose a rival open source operating platform to run government computers. Noting that the architecture behind the Linux kernel violated more the 228 patents, Ballmer claimed that expensive lawsuits and additional licensing fees may haunt them in the future.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, Ballmer could not provide any details on those allegations and a few days later, the software giant recanted Ballmer’s initial statement saying that it was taking out of context and was not a “Microsoft warning” but a warning from a report done by the Open Source Risk Management group. As revealed later, it was actually Ballmer who took information from the OSRM report out of context.

The truth is unlike Windows there has never been a single open source application has been found to infringe on intellectual property rights. Microsoft is currently facing nearly 35 court actions with the most recent costing them well over $2 billion in restitution. These suits include a patent infringement in Internet Explorer, digital restriction management violations, and an anti-trust suit brought upon by Sun Microsystems.

So why would Microsoft go through all this trouble to be publicly proved wrong yet again? It is my estimation, and that of many industry experts, that this was a strategically designed public relations maneuver in direct response to the overwhelming adoption of Linux in Asia and brought fourth to strike fear in the hearts (or more importantly the wallets) of those interested in switching from Windows to Linux. In reality, it is Microsoft who just may be running scared. Observing their dominance of the software market dramatically dwindling, Microsoft chooses to scare users with false accusations rather then continuing to compete with Linux on the grounds of quality, security, and price. The idea is to alarm customers with an initial statement in hopes that they will not pursue substantiation of the facts. Microsoft’s unfounded statements and incessant back peddling demonstrates a lack of responsibility to the consumer and is continued proof of the corporation’s wavering ideals.

- Dave Wreski, CEO Guardian Digital, Inc.

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Guardian Digital In the News

Software Programmer Sold on Linux

Dave Wreski, CEO of Guardian Digital Inc., sits down with Bergen Record writer Martha McKay to explain his love of Linux and how Guardian Digital is quickly changing the face of Internet security.

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Processor.com: Proactive vs. Reactive: Which Network Management Approach Is Best For Your Company?

Dave Wreski, CEO of Guardian Digital, shares his thoughts on why organizations currently are taking a reactive approach to network security instead of an essential proactive approach. "This oversight can mostly be attributed to lack of resources, he says.”

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Hints & Tips from Experts

The consistent security of a network is directly dependent on effective patch management strategies. With so many Internet threats surfacing, keeping up with released patches for every application can be a quite tedious, time consuming, and costly task. However, with a few quick tips, any organization can employ an efficient and effective patch management strategy regardless of available resources.

Know your IT inventory - Inventories tend to evolve and change frequently. Be sure to know what is on your network so that you are familiar with what areas need attention.

Prioritize the patching of systems and programs - Make sure business-critical applications are always patched first. Once those are secured, spend time correcting vulnerabilities in other less critical areas.

Define policies & procedures - By proactively defining policies and procedures for patch management, your IT team will be more practiced to know what exactly to do in each situation lessening risk of administrator error and increasing the productivity of the project.

Execute security patches as they become available - Try to keep up with the release of new security patches and implement them as soon as possible. Not only will this help mitigate risk, but will also assist in idling patching duties.

Make sure each patch is correctly implemented - A timely executed patch will not provide the intended security if it is no implemented correctly. Be sure that all patch management is done by an experienced administrator to ensure patching efforts are performed in the most effective way.

Guardian Digital is pleased to provide Behind the Shield readers with informative expert advice on what network security really means. Each month a new topic of interest will be chosen to supply you with useful tips and information not offered elsewhere. This month, we'll have a brief discussion on steps to take when considering outsourcing IT security services.


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A. All Guardian Digital solutions are equipped with a robust gateway firewall among the myriad of other security applications. We currently do not have a stand-alone firewall product, although there have been talks about developing one in the near future. Please check back with us often to learn about the new product offerings from Guardian Digital.

The Behind the Shield editors encourage their readers to submit questions. The most frequently asked questions will appear in future issues. We look forward to answering all your inquiries! Email us at info@guardiandigital.com

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Sharing a mutual vision with Guardian Digital, it is our hopes that through this strong partnership we can enhance our core expertise as well as client's confidence.

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