Stealing USB

USB drives are great, but I'm always afraid of losing one. And because I'm horrible at synchronization, I'm never quite sure where the most recent version of my favorite file is stored.

I have other reasons for my annoyance. For one, USB drives let end users steal data -- a big deal for bigger companies with sensitive info. And USB drives can be a target for hackers, as Centennial Software just pointed out.

USBDumper lets hackers copy images from USB drives, which could be passwords, the latest corporate financials, music, family photos or smut. (What's on your USB? Post below or let me know at know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.)

Here's the source of the tool (you must be able to read French). Here's a video from the security site WatchYourEnd.com showing how the tool works.

ScriptLogic Closes USB Gaps
Desktop Authority 7.5, just being wrapped up by ScriptLogic, has new ways to lock down USB ports and drives based on policies set by IT. For instance, the tool could let the CEO attach and store anything he or she wants, but can stop Joe Dirt in the mailroom from copying the latest sales projections or burning the latest Slayer single.

Longhorn Edges Closer
There's a new test version of Longhorn, and I for one am semi-excited. No, I probably won't download it and run the thing through its paces; that's your job. (Report back on Longhorn by posting below or writing me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.)

The new test version (it's apparently a CTP based on beta 2 -- whatever that means!) is supposed to be quicker and more stable. I am ready to be impressed by Longhorn (when it ships in a year or so), as I am generally impressed by Redmond's server tools. Maybe that's because there is real competition in the server space, so Microsoft has to be on its game.

MS CRM Exec Exits and Relaunches
Often, when a Microsoft exec leaves, the company is scarcely able to conceal its anger. Chairs are thrown, nasty comments made and revenge likely plotted.

Jon Lauer, who helped build the channel for MS Dynamics, including Dynamics CRM tools, seems to have left on more or less awesome terms. It could be because his new company focuses on Dynamics CRM!

RSA and EMC: K-I-S-S-I-N-G
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes RSA products in an EMC baby carriage. (If the metaphor is a horrible as it sounds, blast the author at dbarney@redmondmag.com or post below. I promise to publish your most cutting comments!)

In any case, EMC is wrapping up its $2 billion-plus buyout of RSA Security. I'm curious if EMC will keep the RSA brand separate, as it does with VMware, or have the gumption to compete openly with Microsoft in the security market -- an area Redmond is fixing to take over.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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