SMASH the Bash bug! Red Hat, Apple scramble for patch batches

‘Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult’

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

A fresh dump of Shellshock patches were released on Friday night in the latest move to stamp out the Bash shell security vuln that has the potential to blight millions of Linux, Unix and Mac OS X machines.

Red Hat said in a blog post that the threat from Shellshock was receding now that patches had been issued for most operating systems affected by the bug.

Is Anyone Really ‘HIPAA Compliant’ In Healthcare?

The short answer is yes ‒ many health related organizations adhere faithfully to both the letter and spirit of the healthcare legislation known as HIPAA. The challenging answer is no ‒ many health related organizations who claim to be “HIPAA Compliant” simply aren’t. The confusing answer is that many organizations that claim to be [...]

Source: www.forbes.com

Trend for known breaches is rising and no telling how many unknown. Focus point are those forms that HIPAA introduced for signatures which in fact do not prevent the real sharing of PHI that healthcare can do within the HIPAA framework.

iOS 8 update causing problems for doctors using Citrix to access patient records – iMedicalApps

iOS 8 update causing problems for doctors using Citrix to access patient records iMedicalApps

Source: www.imedicalapps.com

Citrix has identified compatibility issues between Apple iOS 8 and the Citrix Receiver. … Users … from an iPad or iPhone *SHOULD NOT* update their iOS or they will experience strange graphics effects such as dialogs not appearing properly on the phone or tablet screen

NHS BYOD scheme restricted by Microsoft licensing costs – ComputerworldUK

NHS BYOD scheme restricted by Microsoft licensing costs
ComputerworldUK
South Devon NHS Trust has had to scale back its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme due to onerous licensing costs, according to IT operations manager David Hayes.

Source: www.computerworlduk.com

It will initially launch for 60 users out of 10,000 members of staff.

However Hayes said: “The issue for us [with BYOD] is around licensing. We’re a Microsoft shop. And we have to ensure the user is correctly licensed for every device we bring into the organisation.

Desktop as a Service? All you want to know about Hosted Desktop | Cloud4 Computers

DaaS market share amongst SMEs and large businesses is becoming bigger and bigger. Learn why the number of hosted desktop adopters is growing so rapidly.

Source: www.cloud4computers.co.uk

There are 2 different types of virtual desktops – RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and Citrix. The differences vary from bandwidth consumption, which could hinder the end user experience, to capabilities such as the amount of applications that can be ran at any one time. 

Billionaire-backed startup aims to be ‘the next Citrix’ – Upstart

Billionaire-backed startup aims to be ‘the next Citrix’
Upstart
The UpTake: Business software firm Aplicor has a lineup of heavyweights driving its growth in South Florida, where it plans to double its workforce in the near future.

Source: upstart.bizjournals.com

The board of directors includes a former CEO of Citrix, a former Miami Dolphins owner, the president of the investors’ group New World Angels and a tech giant who sold his company for nearly $4 billion.

The Case for Cloud POS

It wasn’t all that long ago that when someone mentioned “the cloud” as an option for Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, those in the know would scoff and say, “It’s just not possible.” And quite frankly, the initial deployments of cloud POS systems were not very good. Yet with new iterations of [...]

Source: www.ihlservices.com

Make no mistake, it is not for every retailer size and shape. But new hybrid deployments, together with the adoption by larger retailers, are making the potential use of the cloud for POS a worthy discussion. This is something most retailers would not even have considered 2 years ago.

Thin is in and desktops on diets, say Insurance industry IT Managers

UK Insurance industry IT managers plan to put their desktops on diets over the next 24 months as research shows thin and zero client adoption looks set to rise from 20% to 39%. The managers say increased flexibility, security and speed of deployment are the primary benefits of thin client.

Currently 78% of the Insurance companies surveyed run a centralized IT infrastructure, with 80% of organizations using some thin or zero client desktops. The average number of desktops that are thin or zero clients is 20%, with PC’s still dominating at 42%. 23% of users are also using notebooks and 19% tablets. But moving forward, IT managers believe that thin clients will be on 39% of desktops within the next two years as companies focus on the benefits of flexibility (56%), improved security (46%) and speed of deployment (44%). However, although thin and zero client use is set to almost double there are still mental obstacles to further implementation. The three top concerns with thin client deployment are: user dissatisfaction when the system goes down (42%), implementation costs (40%) and employee adoption (40%).

 

With almost all those surveyed (94%) saying an increase in the number of thin and zero clients on their desktops was likely or very likely, a third (32%) also confirmed that this increase could very likely in part come from converting existing hardware into centrally managed thin client-like devices.

 

The research, conducted by Dynamic Markets on a sample of 50 UK Insurance companies on behalf of IGEL Technology, also found little favoritism among the server-based computing providers with Citrix, VMware and Microsoft software all present in roughly half of all organizations with thin clients.

For an executive summary of the research go to: http://www.igel.com/ES_Insurance

VMworld 2014 – 14/10/2014 – int – Praim

Barcelona – October 14-16. Praim will be present at stand B103 with all the Thin & Zero Client solutions product range

Source: www.praim.com

In the Solutions Exchange area, it will be possible to observe and learn about the latest solutions of the sponsor exhibitors. Praim will be present at stand B103 with all the Thin & Zero Client solutions product range. 

In particular, the P Series Zero Clients represent the best available technology for VMware Horizon View architectures. Thanks to the P9002 and P9004 zero clients,  you can create high performance dual or quad monitor workstations at a very low cost. 

Google Offering $100,000 in Cloud Platform Credits for Startups

Google announced a program on Friday that offers $100,000 in cloud platform credits for one year in addition to 24/7 tech support for qualifying startups.

Source: mashable.com

Google Cloud Platform for Startups is designed to compete with Amazon Web Services that supports Netflix, Reddit, Expedia and other top sites. Microsoft also has a comparable program called BizSpark that offers startups $150 a month in credits for Azure, its cloud platform.

IGEL integriert Microsoft RDP Gateway in Linux Thin Clients

[English summary below] Dank des neuesten Firmware-Updates für IGEL Linux können Anwender ab sofort IGEL Thin Clientauch mit Linux-basierten Thin Clients über ein Microsoft Remote Desktop-Gateway auf ihre RDP-Umgebung zugreifen – ganz einfach und bequem über das Internet. Das verringert den Administrationsaufwand und erhöht gleichzeitig die Sicherheit.

Bremen 15. September 2014 – Mit dem kürzlich veröffentlichten Update von IGEL Linux baut der Bremer Thin und Zero Client-Spezialist die Funktionsbreite seines Betriebssystems weiter aus. Denn ab der neuesten Version 5.04.100 unterstützt die Firmware das Microsoft Remotedesktop-Gateway (RD-Gateway). Somit ist es ab sofort möglich, sich mit RDGateway_Beispiel_1 RDGateway_Beispiel_3 RDGateway_Beispiel_2Linux-basierten IGEL Thin Clients (x86) direkt über das Internet mit der RDP-Umgebung hinter einem RD-Gateway zu verbinden. Der Vorteil: Ein VPN-Tunnel ist in diesem Szenario nicht mehr erforderlich. Und auch unter Sicherheitsgesichtspunkten weiß das Feature zu überzeugen. Die Verbindung selbst läuft über HTTPS, was Administratoren in die Lage versetzt, den Traffic über vorgelagerte Firewalls zu kontrollieren und zum jeweiligen Ziel weiter zu leiten. Für Anwender bietet sich so eine sichere und einfache Möglichkeit, um beispielsweise Mitarbeitern in Außenstellen Zugriff auf die virtuelle Infrastruktur in der Zentrale zu ermöglichen. Unabhängig davon, ob es sich dabei um Terminal Services, virtuelle Desktops (VDI) oder Workstations handelt.

Neben der Integration von RD-Gateway beinhaltet das neue IGEL Linux Release auch Updates fast aller von IGEL unterstützten Clients wie Citrix, VMware, Red Hat, Fabultech und Quest. Des Weiteren wurde die neueste Version (1.4.103) des Citrix Lync 2010 Optimization Kit integriert, das unter anderem Webcam Redirection ermöglicht. Selbstverständlich verfügen auch alle Windows Embedded Standard 7 basierten Thin Clients von IGEL über die Microsofts RD-Gateway-Funktionalität.

Verfügbarkeit

Die IGEL Linux Version 5.04.100 steht ab sofort kostenlos zum Download unter www.myigel.biz bereit.

Über IGEL Technology

IGEL Technology ist einer der weltweit führenden Hersteller von Thin Clients, Zero Clients und Thin Client-Software. Als Marktführer in Deutschland entwickelt, produziert und vertreibt IGEL sowohl Linux- als auch Microsoft Windows-basierte Desktop-Thin Clients, in LCD-Bildschirme integrierte Geräte sowie Linux-basierte  Zero Clients der Reihe IGEL Zero. Die ebenfalls selbst entwickelte Thin Client-Software IGEL Universal Desktop Converter-Software 2 (UDC2) ermöglicht eine Standardisierung von PCs, Nettops, Notebooks und ausgewählter Thin Clients auf Betriebssystemebene und erlaubt deren Betrieb als fernadministrierbare Universal Desktop Thin Clients. Die zugrunde liegende Universal Desktop-Strategie (UD) gestattet IGEL-Kunden einen universellen Zugriff auf zentrale bzw. virtuelle IT-Infrastrukturen und folglich eine flexible Gestaltung ihrer serverseitigen Lösungen. Die leistungsfähige UD-Firmware beinhaltet dazu ein breites Spektrum an Softwareclients, -tools und lokalen Protokollen. Diese erlauben neben dem Zugriff auf das Server Based Computing unter Windows, Citrix und Linux auch den direkten Zugriff auf virtuelle Desktops (u.a. VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, RedHat), Legacy  Host-,SAP-, Java- oder Web-Applikationen sowie VoIP. Für größtmögliche Sicherheit sorgt eine konsequente VPN- und Smartcard-Unterstützung. Die zentrale Verwaltung sämtlicher IGEL Zero- und Universal Desktop-Thin Clients erfolgt einheitlich, komfortabel und kostengünstig mittels der im Lieferumfang enthaltenen Remote- Managementsoftware IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS). Kooperationen mit kompetenten Partnern und Branchenspezialisten gewährleisten die schnelle und flexible Bereitstellung maßgeschneiderter Lösungen vor Ort. IGEL Technology ist Teil der weltweit aktiven Melchers-Gruppe und Mitglied im BITKOM. Neben dem Hauptsitz und der Entwicklungsabteilung in Deutschland ist IGEL mit Tochterunternehmen in Großbritannien, Australien und Belgien sowie mit Niederlassungen in Frankreich, Schweden, der Schweiz, Österreich und den Niederlanden und Repräsentanzen in Hongkong, Singapur, Shanghai und Peking vertreten. Darüber hinaus ist IGEL mit Distributionspartnern und Authorized Partnern in den USA und über 50 weiteren Ländern vertreten.  Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Internet unter www.igel.com oder folgen Sie uns auf Twitter: twitter.com/IGEL_Tech_DACH bzw. twitter.com/IGEL_Technology. IGEL ist eine geschützte Marke der IGEL Technology GmbH. Alle Hardware- und Software-Namen sind Marken oder eingetragene Marken der jeweiligen Hersteller. Alle sonstigen genannten oder anders erkennbaren Marken, eingetragenen Waren- und/oder Dienstleistungsmarken sind das Eigentum ihrer jeweiligen Inhaber. Änderungen und Irrtümer vorbehalten.

Ansprechpartner für die Redaktion:

IGEL Technology GmbH

Dr. Frank Lampe

Hanna-Kunath-Str. 31

28199 Bremen

Tel. : 0421 / 52094 1300

E-Mail: lampe@igel.com

 

Süddeutscher Verlag onpact GmbH

Marian Weber

Hultschiner Straße 8

81677 München

Tel.: 089 / 2183 7281

E-Mail: marian.weber@sv-onpact.de

Web: www.sv-onpact.de

 

The recently published update of IGEL Linux builds Bremer Thin and Zero Client specialist functional breadth of its operating system even further. Because from the latest version 5.04.100 firmware supports theMicrosoft Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway).Thus, it is now possible to connect to Linux-based IGEL thin clients (x86) directly over the Internet using the RDP environment behind an RD Gateway. The advantage: A VPN tunnel is no longer required in this scenario.And also from a safety viewpoint, convinces the feature. The connection itself runs over HTTPS, which enables administrators to control the traffic on upstream firewalls and lead to the target further.

For users has thus a safe and easy way to enable, for example, employees in remote offices access to the virtual infrastructure at headquarters. Regardless of whether they are to Terminal Services, virtual desktops (VDI) or workstations is.

CenturyLink Said to Seek to Acquire Rackspace Hosting

CenturyLink Inc., the Louisiana- based landline phone service provider, is seeking to acquire Rackspace Hosting Inc. to further expand into cloud-computing services, according to people familiar with the situation.

Source: www.bloomberg.com

Would be big news for Rackspace and the analysts like the possible move by CenturyLink.

Privacy filters – a Primer

Privacy filters, sometimes also known as light control film (LCF) such the 3M Vikuiti A-LCF and Optical Filters K-LCF consist of many thin louvers that function like a vertical window blind restricting the path of light through the filter. The display is clear and un-distorted to the user directly within the viewing axis, but to either side the image is blackened and un-readable.

 

There are a number of applications for displays where privacy for the viewer is required such as an outdoor privacy screen in an ATM, medical kiosk, in-flight entertainment screens and polling booths. Other applications are for contrast enhancement and light control such as pedestrian crossing units and head down avionics where the re-directed light limits the near field canopy reflections.

Privacy filters are offered either as standard plain or non-glare matte hard coated polycarbonate filters typically 0.5mm (0.021″) thick precision cut to final size, laminated into glass or plastic for thickness and extra ruggedisation, or integrated with a touch screen. Lamination with glass or plastic adds the options to have anti-reflection and anti-finger print coatings, chemically toughened glass and EMI shielding.

3M Vikuiti A-LCF is the established product replacing previous LCF-P and AG-LCF variations. Its continuous micro-replicated black embedded louvers is very high quality, but expensive:

 

Description 3M Vikuiti Advanced light control film
Louver angle sheets are 0° ±2°, typical bias to avoid display source interference +5° minimum
View angle 60° ±4° (30° either side of center)
Maximum sheet size 431.8 x 431.8mm (17 x 17″)
Thickness of film 0.53mm (0.021″)
Other thickness supplied by optical index match lamination
Finish Standard gloss (ABR0) or matt non-glare hard coating (ABR2)
Transmittance 70%
Operating Temperature -40 to +75°C (limitations of the lamination)

The K-LCF is a high value alternative to the 3M product. The privacy control is the same and the filters construction is similar to previous LCF-P types.

Description Optical Filters K-LCF
Louver angle + 15° ±3° standard bias to avoid display source interference +5° minimum
View angle 60° ±4° (30° either side of center)
Stock sheet size 17″ diagonal 270 x 340mm (louver parallel +15° to the 270mm side)
Larger sizes up to 1200 x 760mm (47 x 30″) to special order
Thickness of film 0.53mm (0.021″)
Other thickness supplied by optical index match lamination
Finish Standard plain or matt non-glare
Transmittance 75%
Operating Temperature -40 to +75°C (limitations of the lamination)

Alternative technologies

Blur film technology dispersed the incident light at particular angles and transmitting it at all other angles. The appearance therefore, changes from translucent to transparent depending on the angle from which it is viewed. This method was less effective when the distance of the filter to the display source was reduced and never become widely adopted. Production ended several years ago and it is no-longer available

 

CEE Thin-Client Market Forecast Revised Downward for 2014, in Spite of Impressive Q2 Growth in EMEA

The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) thin-client market posted double-digit growth in Q2 2014 for the second quarter in a row

Source: www.idc.com

Thin-client shipments in EMEA increased by 15.3% year on year in Q2 2014, which corresponded to about 476,500 units. Shipment value also went up, by 22.2% year on year, to reach $169.65 million. Value has been growing faster than volume for the past six consecutive quarters, reflecting both stronger demand for more powerful hardware and an increasing demand for all-in-one (AIO) thin clients. The latter accounted for 4.5% volume share of total thin-client shipments in the region.

“It is worth noting that the influence of the migration from expired Windows XP, as a market driver for PC and thin-client renewals, will weaken by the end of 2014. As a result, thin-client growth will ease off as well,” says Oleg Sidorkin, senior research analyst at IDC. “In H1 2015, EMEA thin-client shipments could post a marginal decline, unless economic growth across Europe stabilizes sufficiently to become a strong market driver.”

WatchGuard Technologies’ New Policy Map Provides ‘X-Ray’ Vision into Firewall Configurations and Network Traffic

Newest enhancement to WatchGuard Dimension visibility solution allows admins to see policy misconfigurations and optimise traffic

9 September 2014 – WatchGuard® Technologies has announced the industry’s first interactive, integrated policy mapping capability for Unified Threat Management (UTM) and Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) appliances. Available in the latest version of its real-time network security visibility solution, WatchGuard Dimension™, Policy Map provides a comprehensive view of traffic flow and policy impact across the entire network, with the ability to quickly filter or drill down for additional detail and analysis.

 

Security policies are central to firewall operation and according to a 2014 Verizon Report[1], there’s a strong correlation between a badly configured firewall and the likelihood of a security breach. Dimension Policy Map aggregates disparate information about policies, interfaces, applications and related traffic flows, and presents it in a simple, intuitive and interactive visualisation dashboard. It can be used for policy audit, to find active and misconfigured policies, identify unusual or abnormal traffic patterns, visually check if firewall policies or configuration changes have the intended impact on traffic patterns and much more.

 

“Security policies are the brains of a firewall and dictate the effectiveness of any firewall configuration and directly impact our customers’ network protection,” said Dave R. Taylor, vice president of corporate and product strategy at WatchGuard Technologies. “Given the tremendous customer uptake for Dimension on a global basis, we recognised an opportunity to improve their security management and help eliminate errors by giving network administrators a powerful tool for visualising policy analysis. They can now see policies like never before and instantly evaluate the impact on the network or user.”

 

Beyond Policy Map, the latest update to Dimension brings a variety of additional insightful reporting and new dashboard features that includes information on zero-day malware, details about website visits and traffic disposition, enhanced navigation, and consolidated CA certificate management. And it comes free on any WatchGuard UTM or NGFW platform.

 

WatchGuard Dimension has been gaining rapid market adoption since it was first launched in late 2013. Customers have used the network security visibility tool to monitor and gain critical and timely insights about network security threats, bandwidth and Internet usage, as well as related traffic trends. For complete information on the latest upgrades to Dimension or to test-drive the tool, click here: http://watchguard.com/wgrd-products/dimension

 

[1] 2014 Verizon PCI Compliance Report – http://www.verizonenterprise.com/pcireport/2014/