An Attack Platform Infecting WordPress Sites – Wordfence

At Wordfence we frequently investigate hacked customer websites as part of an ongoing R&D effort to improve our core scanning engine. Examining hacked sites gives us data on how the attackers gained entry and provides us with visibility on the latest attack tools. It also provides us with signatures we can add to our core scanning …

Source: www.wordfence.com

Reg readers speak out on Thin Client technology

Good potential, but just one ingredient in the mix

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

Managing PC estates is a time-consuming, expensive and thankless task. Better provisioning and management tools can obviously help, but implementing one or more of the various forms of desktop virtualisation available nowadays may also be beneficial.

The virtualisation option, and particularly the use of hardware-based thin clients in that context, was the subject of a recent Reg reader survey. From this we learned that over their many years of existence, thin client devices have found their place in many environments.

Relevant types of users and use cases called out in relation to this (in respondents’ own words) include:

ClearCube® Delivers 16 Remote Access PCs per 3U Chassis Featuring Multi-protocol Flexibility for PCoIP/Citrix HDX/Microsoft RDP

ClearCube Technology will start shipping a purpose-built secure remote access platform (R4300) containing 16 independent PCs in 3U (5.25”) of rack space next month that utilizes PCoIP workstation access software, Citrix HDX, and Microsoft RDP to…

Source: www.prweb.com

Thin Client – 2016 will be the year of the Management Workspace

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The 2016 challenge IT managers: For the digital transformation or industry 4.0 they must on the one hand provide operative relief. On the other hand the maintenance rises during operation because workstation PCs stay longer in use. With a suitable workspace management strategy this paradox can be dissolve.

Bremen 14 January 2016 – IGEL Technology takes the issue of managed workspace in the new year, significant attention and is expanding its portfolio of solutions to this effect consistently. IT managers in companies and authorities would be so relieved in favor of strategic and complex projects within the digital transformation. These transfers IGEL decades of know-how in the management of Thin, Zero and software thin clients on global IT trends such as software-defined computing and unified management and thereby positions itself in the market for workspace management.

Against the background of a basic priority change in the IT towards digital transformation of business processes, smart products and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) or industry 4.0 say trend analyzes as the “IDC FutureScapes 2016” a significantly longer PC life beyond six years ahead. Technically this is possible: The hardware has become more robust and thanks to Windows 10 also has three-year-old machine a few years yet to come to terms with the previous requirements.

The flipside of the coin: the unabated high maintenance and management costs. There are local applications or user data on the PC, a rebuild will not infrequently after a hardware failure a half or whole day. An unplanned consequence of failures may jeopardize such an important project objectives.

Setting the course towards Unified Management

In order to relieve IT staff sustainably, IGEL applies the principle of “software-defined computing” in the workplace IT to: Use the secure, standardized and cost-effective Linux operating system Udc2 which, as it were for desktop PCs, notebooks, and thin clients of other manufacturers is, IGEL decouples the intelligence for remote access to centralized IT environments and cloud services sustained by the hardware. In combination with a profile-based management – the appropriate software IGEL UMS is included – occur uniformly remotely manageable work environments. These IGEL Managed Workspaces are after acute failure of the terminal – whether PC, laptop or thin client – reactivated within a few minutes on a hitherto unconfigured replacement hardware and ready for use.

A new step towards Unified Device Management undertook IGEL recently with the software UMA (Unified Management Agent), through which can be also PCs and notebooks with a local Windows 7 in the homogeneous UMS environment integrated.

“In the coming months and years, we want our Unified management approach to expand and further integrate device groups,” announced CEO Gloge. “We are setting up the ongoing changes to the workspace management provider consistently continue to an even greater extent to relieve ultimately end users and cloud service from unproductive tasks and increase productivity in IT.”

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Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday

That’s right, Internet Explorer’s old versions are finally losing support from Microsoft.

Source: thenextweb.com

Internet Explorer has long been the bane of many Web developers’ existence, but here’s some news to brighten your day: Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 are reaching ‘end of life’ on Tuesday, meaning they’re no longer supported by Microsoft.

A patch, which goes live on January 12, will nag Internet Explorer users on launch to upgrade to a modern browser. KB3123303 adds the nag box, which will appear for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 users still using the old browsers after installing the update.

It’s great news for developers who still need to target older browsers — not needing to worry about whether or not modern CSS works in these browsers is a dream, and it’s much closer with this move.

End of life means the browsers will no longer receive security updates or any other kind of patches, leaving those running them wide open to new vulnerabilities in the future.

What’s even bigger about the end of life for these versions is that this means Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Microsoft’s old browser that’s left supported, as the company continues to transition customers to Edge on Windows 10.

Remix OS is Android for the desktop, and it works with nearly any PC

Last year at CES, we mocked a company called Jide for creating a blatant Microsoft Surface clone. Well, this year they’ve come back with something new — and they’ve also returned much richer. See,…

Source: www.theverge.com

Here’s what’s new at CES today: now you can run Remix OS on any x86 PC (or, in my case, Mac). For free. You can download a system image from the company and toss it onto a USB 3.0 stick, or there’s also the option of making a partition on your computer for a more permanent partition. I simply booted off the SanDisk flash drive they gave me, and within a couple minutes, I was at the Remix OS home screen. It’ll take more time for me to determine whether or not I’d ever consider using this regularly. Even now, my Chromebook rarely gets any use. It’s basically an internet device that lives on my couch.

But in a way, maybe this is what Chrome OS should be. Or, it’s definitely what some people hoped it would become; a productivity-focused take on Android that runs Android apps like they’re desktop apps. Done. Even better, the Jide team is committed to updating the OS constantly. We might’ve chastised these ex-Googlers for what they showed last year. But at this CES? I think I’m pretty into what they’re doing.

Thin Client & Terminal Client 2015 Outlook Lowered – Project Delays Emerging Market Issues – IDC

The global thin and terminal client market deteriorated during the third quarter of 2015, declining -6.7% year over year, according to the IDC Worldwi

Source: www.businesswire.com

Combined with some persistent factors that negatively affected the market, including budget constraints that delayed major shipments in Asia/Pacific, the emerging markets continued to lag behind mature markets in terms of shipments and projected growth rates going forward. Furthermore, although the market is increasingly accepting of virtualized client computing, devices such as repurposed PCs and even Chromebooks in some cases, pose viable threats to mainstream thin client purchases.

In light of these challenges, IDC expects 2015 shipments to be more subdued than previously forecast, reaching just 5.1 million units for the year, a drop of more than -6% compared to 2014. IDC expects shipments to return to steady growth from 2016 through 2019, reaching 6.4 million units in 2019.

“Shipments in 2015 are expected to decline more than -6% year over year,” said Jay Chou, Research Manager, IDC Worldwide PC & Enterprise Client Device Tracker. “Beyond 2016, we remain optimistic that growth rates will pick up as another cycle of business refresh should fuel renewed growth.”

Editors Note: for reference S&P for 2015

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Mobile device BYOD management vs kiosk software

When securing and locking down kiosks or mobile devices, is kiosk software or mobile device management more beneficial? It depends on the context.

Source: www.kioskmarketplace.com

One way MDM is moving into that industry is via the tablet. “When tablets arrived, it was a natural addition to, or replacement of, the smartphone. Quickly, it became clear that tablets could also be used by a much broader segment of staff on tasks within the workplace,” said James Kruper, president of KioWare. “For example, sales staff in a retail store can wander around the store with a tablet helping customers.”

This pushed tablets into a category Kruper calls a “purposed device,” since it is a device that is utilized for a specific purpose, within certain security parameters. Hence, it would make sense that MDM would begin to push into the self-service market, but also kiosk software could also move into the smartphone MDM market, according to Kruper. Purposed devices lay in between self-service and mobile device management.

There are still a few primary differences between the two markets. First of all, most self-service kiosks are made for use by the general public whereas a purposed device is usually meant to be utilized by an employee or owner during hours of operation. Second, many kiosks utilize peripherals in a manner that MDM devices have not adopted yet. Some examples of this include magstripe readers, printers, RFID scanners, cash dispensers and so on. In order to perform this task, the kiosk needs an interface to communicate with the devices.

“MDM vendors will need to add self-service capability to their MDM architecture, and the risk is that it will become a clunky add-on that performs poorly,” Kruper said. “MDM can be a viable option in the purposed device market, but in the true kiosk/self-service market, they are the new kids on the block and need to prove they can provide 24×7 security as well as device integration and monitoring.”

The key question that emerges from this discussion is whether MDM will ever be able to displace kiosk software. For purposed devices, it could go either way, according to Kruper. If keeping the device locked down is more important, then kiosk software might be more beneficial. On the other hand, if you need to be able to change the settings and update the device often, then MDM might offer more freedom.

“In the kiosk/self-Service market, if it is a public facing kiosk expected to run unattended and for long periods of time, then it is hard to beat kiosk/self-service solutions designed and tested specifically with that intent,” Kruper said. “In the spectrum that is corporate device management, consider that BYOD is on one side of the spectrum where there is a high level of freedom but little/no control, MDM is in the middle, and kiosk software would be to the right where there is a high level of restricted behavior allowing for stronger security and tight control of the device.”

IGEL UDC2 now converts enterprise-class Dell Wyse thin clients

IGEL UDC2 simplifies remote management of business desktops and assists migration to VDI environment

Reading, UK. December 1, 2015 – The latest updates to IGEL’s igel-udc2Universal Desktop Converter 2 solution now allows businesses to convert Dell Wyse thin clients from the 5000 and 7000 series into standardized IGEL desktops, with all the remote management benefits of a unified workspace. IGEL’s UDC2 standardizes the operating systems used by thin clients, PCs, and notebooks, turning them into IGEL-like devices that can then be more effectively remote managed using IGEL’s sector-leading Universal Management Suite (UMS) software, which comes as standard with the UDC2 license. 

The latest version of the UDC2 with IGEL Linux 5.08.100 now runs on all desktop thin clients from the Dell Wyse 5000 and 7000 series, including their predecessor models from the D and Z class. Even the top of the range Dell Wyse 7020 with Windows Embedded Standard 7 (formerly Z90Q7), is supported with full functionality – including sound, dual view, network drivers and WiFi – alongside updates to the devices for the latest tools and drivers for peripheral support.

“The UDC2 is the tool for smart businesses looking for simplified, remote management of their desktop estate or a smooth transition to a VDI environment,” said Simon Richards, IGEL MD for UK & Ireland. “The addition of Dell Wyse thin clients to the UDC2’s conversion capabilities makes it even easier for businesses to convert their existing desktops to IGEL-like devices and gain all the benefits of simplified, central remote management. In addition, businesses looking to move to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure can use UDC2 to migrate their existing desktops to IGEL-like devices that are designed for use in virtual and cloud environments from all the leading suppliers. This approach means businesses do not have to immediately spend additional money buying new desktops when they move to a VDI environment.”

As well as Dell Wyse, the UDC2 standardizes thin clients from various vendors, such as Acer, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo or Samsung, as well as x86-based PCs and notebooks.

The conversion process can be carried out locally on the device using a UDC token, USB stick or DVD, as well as over the network by means of the IGEL UDC Deployment Appliance, a combination of PXE Server and web GUI. The guest thin client’s original operating system – in this case Linux, ThinOS or Windows Embedded – is irrelevant for conversion with the UDC2. However, the notebook and all-in-one models from Dell Wyse series are not supported or not fully supported.

Price and availability

An unlicensed evaluation version of the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter 2 (UDC2) can be downloaded free of charge from www.myigel.biz. Full conversion of the Dell Wyse client series is possible with IGEL Linux firmware release 5.08.100, available mid-December. Use of the software requires a UDC license, which costs around £49.00 plus vat.

An overview of all thin client devices from other manufacturers that can be converted with the IGEL UDC2 is available at: www.igel.com/udc2-specs. IGEL publishes a complete list of the individual hardware components supported by the IGEL Linux firmware in the “Linux 3rd Party Hardware Database” at: www.igel.com/hwdb

About IGEL Technology

A world leader in thin and zero client solutions, IGEL Technology helps organizations improve the agility, efficiency, and security of their virtual desktop and application delivery systems. IGEL produces one of the industry’s widest range of hardware thin and zero clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows, and leads the market in software based thin clients allowing customers to access a broad spectrum of server-based infrastructures and applications. IGEL also offers powerful and intuitive management software for easy deployment and administration of thin clients throughout any size organization. Partnerships with industry leaders like Citrix, VMware, Red Hat, and Microsoft ensure that IGEL provides the most up-to-date technology and trustworthy security to clients in industries that include Healthcare, Education & Research, Public Sector, Financial, Insurance, Retail, Logistics, and Manufacturing. IGEL has offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Germany, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and is represented by partners in over 50 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.igel.co.uk or follow us on Twitter:twitter.com/IGEL_Technology

 

Editorial Contact:

Paul Smith

Paul@ambergroup.net

Tel: +44 (0)7770 828525

Opinion #2 — AWS bias – Microsoft Azure vs Amazon AWS: which cloud is best for the enterprise?

Microsoft Azure vs Amazon AWS public cloud comparison: Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are often regarded as the leading infrastructure as a service clouds. Choosing between the two public providers can sometimes be tricky however. ComputerworldUK takes a look at the merits of each for enterprise customers.

Source: www.computerworlduk.com

Good review though the writer gives it AWS (he has to give it to one or the other I suppose?). 

One Opinion — Amazon Web Services Vs Microsoft Azure: The Real Difference

Gartner Research compared AWS and Azure in the Spring. But Microsoft has since made some changes to their cloud offerings.

Source: blog.apterainc.com

Good comparison and more in favor of Azure.  I wish the writers didn’t try and mitigate differences. This writer tries to equate the two vendors competitively, and noticeably ignores AWS is 10 times the size of Azure (and others).  Doesn’t add to credibility for sure.

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