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Quoted in Forbes.com: New Computer Virus? Inform The Crowd

New Computer Virus? Inform The Crowd Author: EMC Contributor Michael O’Dwyer Sorin Mustaca, an IT security expert at Avira, a global provider of anti-virus solutions headquartered in Tettnang, Germany, says, “the biggest threat when dealing with vulnerabilities or patches is that attackers are faster to use the intelligence than the vendors can create the patch or customers are able to apply it.” As hackers enjoy the benefits of new technology, the source of threats can become more difficult to isolate. Mustaca says that attacks from distributed networks, known as botnets, make it particularly difficult to track down the source of an…


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Is Antivirus really dead? It depends on what you call Antivirus

Every once in a while, someone or some company in the information security industry comes up and says, “antivirus is dead.” This happened again last week, when Symantec’s Brian Dye told the Wall Street Journal that antivirus was dead and that it was no longer a “moneymaker.” http://news.softpedia.com/news/Is-Antivirus-Dead-It-Depends-on-How-You-Look-at-It-440993.shtml Avira Security Expert and Product Manager Sorin Mustaca tells us via email: “This hardly comes as news for anyone in the security industry who’s been in the business for more than a few years. I’ve written in April 2014 in the Virus Bulletin magazine an article called ‘Is the IT security industry up to…


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Quoted in LinuxInsider.com: Snowden’s Beloved Tails OS Reaches v1.0 Milestone

Snowden’s Beloved Tails OS Reaches v1.0 Milestone By Richard Adhikari LinuxInsider 05/01/14 2:29 PM PT “Masking online activities is a critical capability in locales where political repression is common,” said tech analyst Charles King. As for bad actors, “I wouldn’t qualify Tails as being any more dangerous than other common devices used by criminals, including cars and guns, or the digital still and video cameras favored by pedophiles. [Tails] is a technology that can be used by almost anyone.”     “Not everybody can use it because it requires some knowledge about its components,” Sorin Mustaca, IT security expert at Avira,…


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Quoted in BusinessNewsDaily: Beyond the Password: Why You Need 2-Factor Authentication

Beyond the Password: Why You Need 2-Factor Authentication Sue Marquette Poremba, Business News Daily Contributor   |   April 25, 2014 12:39pm ET While two-factor authentication may sound complicated and cumbersome, Sorin Mustaca, an IT security expert at Avira, said it’s the only way to properly secure critical assets and mobile devices. “Passwords can be guessed and are very often reused. With so many hacks which occurred, no password can be considered secure anymore. This is why the two-factor authentication is the only way to secure the critical assets of the company,” he said. For businesses that regularly make remote access to the…


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Quoted in Dell’s TechPageOne: Are attacks by governments the next big threat?

Are attacks by governments the next big threat? Small and medium-sized enterprises may be at risk for state-sponsored hacking By Michael O’Dwyer – Tech Page One April 17 2014 “My personal blogs are daily attacked by at least 500 IP addresses, which come from all over the world. Is it safe to assume that the [IP addresses reflect the attackers’ actual locations]? No, I think it is too easy,” says Sorin Mustaca, IT Security expert at Avira, a maker of anti-virus software.


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Quoted in Dell Tech Page One: Small businesses brace for the end of Windows XP

URL: http://techpageone.dell.com/technology/small-businesses-brace-end-windows-xp Sorin Mustaca, an IT security expert at Avira, a global provider of IT-security protection for computers, smartphones, servers and networks, agrees that Windows 7 may be an easier option. ”Our experience shows us that most software is still not adapted to make native use of Windows 8′s new APIs (application programming interfaces) and functionalities,” he says. “So, it might be easier for most companies to plan a migration to Windows 7 than to Windows 8.” “Not upgrading is out of the question,” says Avira’s Mustaca. “From the moment that XP does not receive security updates, this operating system will [attract] cyber…


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Quoted in the magazine Schwaebische: users should change their passwords immediately

Source: http://www.schwaebische.de/politik/politik-aktuell_artikel,-%E2%80%9EAnwender-sollten-umgehend-das-Passwort-aendern%E2%80%9C-_arid,5622599.html     RAVENSBURG / sz Sorin Mustaca ist Sicherheitsexperte bei dem IT-Unternehmen Avira in Tettnang. Er sprach mit Annabell Gutzmer über den aktuellen Datenklau und gab Tipps, wie man sich schützen kann. Wie reagiert Avira auf den aktuellen Datenklau? „Wir sensibilisieren unsere Anwender für den verantwortungsvollen Umgang mit ihren Daten. Auch wenn ein aktueller Virenschutz zur wichtigsten Sicherheitsausstattung eines Computers zählt, kann der Nutzer zu seiner Sicherheit beitragen. Daher unterstützen wir mit Tipps rund um Internetsicherheit über den aktuellen Datendiebstahl, geben Hinweise auf Updates oder Hilfestellung beim Einrichten sicherer Passwörter.“ Was können Betroffene machen? „Bei einem Verdacht sollte ein User seinen…


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Quoted in TechNewsWorld: Yahoo Issues Security Sitrep

Yahoo Issues Security Sitrep By Richard Adhikari TechNewsWorld 04/03/14 2:05 PM PT       Yahoo “should have done this earlier,” Sorin Mustaca, IT security expert at Avira, told TechNewsWorld, “but they were tackling other problems — losing users, revenue issues, losing market share — so security, as a nonfunctional requirement, was left to the end.”   “SSL is not the solution to all problems,” said Avira’s Mustaca. “There are plenty of others out there: malware; vulnerabilities in Yahoo’s online services and those from their partners; and adware.”  


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Quoted in Forbes.com: One Password For Work And Home — Is This The Future?

URL: http://www.forbes.com/sites/emc/2014/02/25/one-password-for-work-and-home-is-this-the-future/ Author: Michael O’Dwyer   Sorin Mustaca, an IT security expert for Avira, a global provider of IT security protection, says BYOI is a welcome change and is the future of authentication in an interconnected world. “With one single service to authenticate, the possibilities to secure it are much better because the consumers have only one password to remember and it is quite easy to add two-factor authentication so that we don’t have a single point of failure,” says Mustaca.



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