Re-packaging your apps to virtualize them doesn’t have to be painful [Flexera]

Perhaps you’ve decided to go down the path of application virtualization, because you’re looking to have the ability to provision applications within minutes. Or perhaps you’re looking to free your applications from the underlying hardware, enabling agility not available in the physical computing world. Or you’re looking to improve quality of service by allowing applications to scale up or down on demand. Or it’s part of your disaster recovery strategy.

But no matter which virtualization platform you’re using, you will likely be facing these questions: Is it going to work? Do I have to waste all the investments I made to package my apps? How do I get my applications ready in Microsoft App-V, VMware ThinApp and Citrix XenApp? And how long will this take?

Fortunately, there are tools available that can make this process much easier. Flexera’s AdminStudio Virtualization Pack, for example, prepares software for application virtualization deployment with a suite of tools spanning suitability testing, automated conversion and validation. And, this automated process is up to nine times faster than using native tools.

AdminStudio can convert multiple MSIs and legacy installers to the leading virtual formats, including Microsoft, VMware and Citrix (and it supports multiple formats in one tool). It then automatically determines which setups need to be repackaged and which can be virtualized without repackaging.

It also automatically runs tests on an application to see whether it’s suitable for conversion and deployment as a virtual application, eliminating the more time-consuming and painstaking trial and error approach.

 The benefits of AdminStudio vary depending on the type of environment you have. [Read more…]

Optimize your network with due-diligent security controls [McAfee]

Most companies already have some form of protection against cyber-threats and malware, such as anti-virus software. But the threat landscape changes at warp speed, and it’s hard to keep up with the latest threats, and even harder to manage a diverse set of security tools.

One solution you might want to consider in your security toolkit is a Network Intrusion Prevention System, or IPS, which is an out-of-the-box hardware- and software-based system that helps take the guesswork out of security.

Not only does an IPS solution protect against the latest threats — including malware, botnets and denial-of-service attacks — it also streamlines security operations and can even unify network security management across physical and virtual environments.

If the current solution you have in place is causing more management headaches than peace of mind, you might want to consider IPS. Here’s why: An IPS solution inspects network traffic in near real time, identifying attacks using known vulnerabilities, as well as attack patterns with unusual activity. Not only can an IPS solution help prevent attacks on your data, it can also provide proactive protection for unpatched systems and zero-day attacks. [Read more…]

The good old days are over. Find out the new rules of security. [Sophos]

Each day, the media reminds us constantly of the risk involved with using the web & devices that allow us to connect with each other. But ultimately, it is the job of IT professionals to act as guardians. Once upon a time, these professionals only needed to worry about straightforward virus attacks. But times have changed, and what was once a leisure activity of a small group of IT marauders, has become a multi-billion dollar business.

Now that organized criminals relentlessly troll for vulnerabilities, the risk is high for any organization that uses technology in ordinary and legitimate ways. When using multiple platforms, on multiple devices, in multiple networks, organizations must update their protection beyond traditional antivirus, even when exposure lies in routine situations.

Letting your guard down can have dangerous consequences.

Sophos, a world leader in IT Security, has just released a new version of their award-winning software, Endpoint 10. Built to give your organization even better protection against malware infection and data loss, Endpoint 10 is complete security that environments of all size can implement. [Read more…]