Secure instant messaging


Secure instant messaging

Instant messaging is the most rapidly adopted communications medium in history and it's already become an indispensable business tool for many. But like all Internet-based services, IM faces a number of complicated security issues and IM users are always at risk of falling prey to attacks. In this lesson, Michael Cobb offers an overview of the IM security landscape, an update on the latest attacks and some quick tips for safer IM use.

   Webcast: Top technical controls for safeguarding IM

   Technical tip: Latest IM attacks still rely on social engineering

   Podcast: Top 5 quick tips for safer instant messaging

   Quiz: Secure instant messaging

   About the instructor

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Webcast: Top Technical Controls for Safeguarding IM
Length: 50 minutes
Like all Internet-based services, instant messaging applications raise a number of security issues. Making matters worse, the safeguarding of IM has not kept up with its rate of adoption, despite IM worms and viruses being one of the fastest-growing threats facing corporate networks today. This webcast will explain how you can safeguard IM in the enterprise and protect your organization against instant messaging attacks.

Technical tip: Latest IM attacks still rely on social engineering
Instant messaging is fast becoming a breeding ground for some of the same types of threats that have plagued email for years. This technical tip takes a closer look at some of today's biggest threats to IM systems -- worms and Backdoor Trojan Horses, viruses, hijacking and impersonation spam over Instant Messaging (spim) -- and outlines best practices to keep your users and company data safe.

Podcast: Top 5 quick tips for safer instant messaging
Length: 10 minutes
In this podcast, we'll count down the tips that can keep instant messaging users in your organization safe, including rules for naming conventions, away messages, acceptable usage and more.

Quiz: Secure instant messaging
Take this five-question quiz to see how much you've learned about securing instant messaging applications.

About the instructor:
@28076 Michael Cobb, CISSP-ISSAP is a renowned security author with more than 10 years of experience in the IT industry and another 16 years of experience in finance. He is the founder and managing director of Cobweb Applications Ltd., a consultancy that offers IT training and support in data security and analysis. He co-authored the book IIS Security and has written numerous technical articles for leading IT publications. Michael is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

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