India Security Weeks

Recently Microsoft India concluded it Security Week tour across India. There was one held at Mumbai. Sadly, due to my exams I wasn’t able to attend it.

However, not to be left behind, Vineet Gupta an IT Pro Evangelist from Microsoft India, has blogged his complete experience on the Security Week. Also some interesting replies on some of the commonly asked questions on security. Read the complete post. The presentations have also been now made available – online.

Thanks a lot Vineet for telling how was it at the Security Weeks.

Gigabit iSCSI – The Future of Networks??

Internet SCSI (iSCSI) is a draft standard protocol for encapsulating SCSI command into TCP/IP packets and enabling I/O block data transport over IP networks. iSCSI can be used to build IP-based SANs.

The simple, yet powerful technology can help provide a high-speed, low-cost, long-distance storage solution for Web sites, service providers, enterprises and other organizations.
An iSCSI HBA, or storage NIC, connects storage resources over Ethernet. As a result, core transport layers can be managed using existing network management applications. High-level management activities of the iSCSI protocol – such as permissions, device information and
configuration – can easily be layered over or built into these applications.

For this reason, the deployment of interoperable, robust enterprise management solutions for iSCSI devices is expected to occur quickly. First-generation iSCSI HBA performance is expected to be wellsuited for the workgroup or departmental storage requirements of medium- and large-sized businesses. The expected availability of TCP/IP Offload Engines in 2002 will significantly improve the performance of iSCSI products. Performance comparable to Fibre Channel is expected when vendors begin shipping 10 Gigabit Ethernet iSCSI products in 2003.

By combining SCSI, Ethernet and TCP/IP, Gigabit iSCSI delivers these key advantages:

  • Builds on stable and familiar standards – many IT staffs are familiar with the technologies
  • Creates a SAN with a reduced TCO – installation and maintenance costs are low since the TCP/IP suite reduces the need for hiring specialized personnel
  • Provides a high degree of interoperability – reduces disparate networks and cabling, and uses regular Ethernet switches instead of special Fibre Channel switches
  • Ethernet transmissions can travel over the Global IP Network and therefore have no practical distance limitations
  • Scales to 10 Gigabit – comparable to OC-192 SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) rates in Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs)

Mozilla releases Firefox security update

A security update for the Firefox open-source browser has been released by the Mozilla Foundation, a move that follows the public disclosure of exploit code for two “extremely critical” vulnerabilities.

Currently, Mozilla has the update out in 12 languages and anticipates sending it out in another 24 languages in the coming days.

The Update can be downloaded from FireFox’s site