first_imgJustice Wells says his goodbyes ’ Senior Editor Wearing an orange and blue robe that screamed University of Florida Gators, Justice Charles Wells made a playful grand entrance at his retirement ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court. “First of all, I want to tell all my FSU friends I appreciate very much they’re not staging a walkout,” 69-year-old Wells told those gathered to pay tribute to him on February 6.“This is something that the Orange County Bar gave me when I came up to be on this court, and I have exercised enormous judicial restraint in that this is the first time I have worn it on this bench.”“And we couldn’t stop him,” interjected Chief Justice Peggy Quince.“Well, that’s in the face of four national championships!” Wells flung back with a laugh.Florida Bar President Jay White couldn’t resist pointing out his own Gator tie and concluded his remarks with a hearty: “It’s great to be a Florida Gator!”In the midst of such light-hearted sports-fan moments, the 90-minute ceremony honored the life and career of Wells.Born and raised in Orlando, he was the fifth family member to join the firm Maguire, Voorhis & Wells — before forming his own firm Wells, Gattis, Hallowes and Carpenter. With no prior judicial experience, Wells was appointed by Gov. Lawton Chiles to the high court, where he was sworn in on June 16, 1994. Now, because of the Florida Constitution’s mandatory retirement age, Wells will officially retire on March 2.“It’s one thing to be here to celebrate when you are invested. It’s another thing to be here when they are passing the gavel to you and you are moving to the center seat. But when they are recycling you, and are expelling you from the monastery back into real life, it’s really a demonstration of great friendship,” Well said, looking out at the gallery filled with friends he’d known since the first grade to former justices of the court. Wells seemed to have a short story to tell about every tenth person in the audience, such as Second Circuit Judge L. Ralph Smith breaking his nose playing football.When the story of the Supreme Court is told, there are no more challenging chapters than the disputed presidential election of 2000 and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 — turbulent times with Wells at the helm as chief justice.After the terrorist attacks, Quince noted that Wells “responded to the dangers that were going on in this country by organizing a statewide group that created the first comprehensive emergency plan for Florida’s state courts” — put to use during the disastrous hurricane seasons of 2004-05.Justice Wells “holds the distinction of presiding over the only two appellate cases in history that were broadcast live from start to finish on a worldwide basis, and those two cases, of course, are the 2000 election cases,” Quince said.Still available to view in the archives of the court’s broadcast Web site, Chief Justice Quince said, “When you watch these cases, what you will see is a chief justice who knew that he and others justices of this court were under a microscope. And he kept this court in order as the world watched.“But even behind the scenes, he kept this court running smoothly. Not only did we have the election cases at that time, but it was also our oral argument week. And on top of all that, the governor signed two death warrants.”Fresh out of law school in 1999, Candy Messersmith worked as a staff attorney and witnessed Wells in action as chief judge during the 2000 election cases when “literally with the eyes of the world on the court, every news station, every late night talk show host, even Saturday Night Live.”Within the court, tensions were high. Outside the court, she described a circus scene with clowns, jugglers, a fellow with a ferret who did tricks, and a Batmobile circling the court.“But through it all, Justice Wells never lost his cool. He never even became short with his staff, despite the 18-hour-plus days that he was putting in,” Messersmith said. “He always remained respectful of other people’s opinions, even when he dissented, which he did a lot of.”Messersmith presented Wells with a “gift from the heart” — a book of memories from the 17 staff attorneys who worked with Wells through the years. Beaming, Wells held the scrapbook up for all to see.Former Justice Stephen Grimes, who swore Wells in as justice in 1994, chronicled Wells’ leadership traits: High school student body president, point guard and captain of the basketball team, elected to UF Hall of Fame, and president of Florida Blue Key Leadership Fraternity. After a year in active duty with the Army Reserve during the Berlin Wall crisis, Wells returned to UF law school and earned one of the three highest grades on the Florida bar exam.But in 1970, Wells would not succeed at winning a seat at the Florida Legislature.“It’s not clear why he lost, but it might have had something to do with his campaign,” Grimes said. “His campaign slogan was ‘I dig Wells,’ and it had a little badge that either had an old oil derrick or water well on it. Somehow, it didn’t fly.”Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry spoke reverently about “the consummate justice” who has been “vigilant in his focus of the true meaning of justice and watchful of the forces that can impede it. One of those impeding forces has been a lack of funding.“In 2000, while serving as chief justice, he saw the impending storm of Revision 7 on the horizon. He recognized the potential perils of budgetary control this would bring and he acted, creating the Trial Court Budget Commission,” Perry said, of the group he chairs.“Oftentimes, people forget that without proper funding, justice becomes an illusion. Regardless of the economy, whether in good times or bad, having no justice means we have nothing. The Trial Court Budget Commission, as envisioned by Justice Wells, ensures that justice will always extend beyond the courtroom and no one will be denied its benefits. Justice Wells, the commission you created weathered the storm of Revision 7, and is today working to navigate us through treacherous economic sea. I am confident that it will again lead us to calm waters.”After quoting excerpts from Wells’ original judicial application detailing why he wanted to join the Supreme Court nearly 15 years ago, Bar President White said: “After observing his actual service on the court, we know him to be honorable, brilliant, insightful, and resilient,” and he welcomed him back to bar activities and the practice of law.Elected to the Board of Governors in 1992, Wells said: “I believe deeply in the work of The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar not only serves the lawyers of Florida with a multitude of vital services, but importantly, and primarily, The Florida Bar serves the public of Florida by administration of programs that are designed to ensure that legal services are provided by Florida lawyers who are competent, skilled, and adhere to the very highest ethical standards.”Taking time to “show off my family,” Wells thanked court administrators, staff attorneys, law clerks, his judicial assistant, and his colleagues on the bench, adding he has a “great positive impression” of what he has seen of the work of the trio of newly appointed justices.With all thanks bestowed and stories told, Wells waxed philosophical about his 15 years on the bench:“I leave recognizing that I have been here at a unique time in our state’s and our country’s and our court’s history. Because Florida is now such a key state in our nation economically and politically, this court literally has every legal issue that is the focus of our economic and political life come to it.“We’ve had oral arguments in which the gallery where you are seated, as you know, has been filled with some of the world’s most powerful, in which the whole world watched our argument and awaited our decision. We had cases which had strong emotions on both sides, and at issue for the court were the weightiest of life’s decisions.“We also, of course, had many, many cases in which only persons particularly watching were the parties in dispute. We had cases which were straight-forward and the resolution was readily apparent and you wondered why the case was at the Supreme Court.“On the other hand, we have cases that are so hard, thinking them through makes your head hurt.“But regardless of the case, it is always been a true distinct privilege and honor to have the opportunity to be a member of the court, to have a voice in the decision. I have grown to know how vital courts’ competent decisions are to our state and our nation.“We cannot have an organized community unless we have order. We have no rights unless those rights can be enforced. We have no safety unless we can enforce the law. We cannot have business relations unless we can settle disputes.“As I have said many times, the great lesson of the 2000 election situation was that everyone, from the beginning to the end, accepted that the issues of that election were going to be resolved in the courts not in the streets. Such is our country’s dedication to and dependence upon the courts. And that puts upon the courts the greatest of responsibilities to respond to that calling.“So with Linda, who, of course, has been with me and my partner every step of the way, I will, with gratitude and thanks for having been blessed with the opportunity to be on this court, proudly as of March 2 join the ranks of those who are seated over there,” Wells said, pointing to those in the gallery who gave him a standing ovation. March 1, 2009 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News ‘We have no rights unless those rights can be enforced Justice Wells says his goodbyeslast_img read more

first_imgIn just about every commercial community, controlling costs is a major concern. With foreclosures mounting, maintenance expenses growing and collections becoming a bigger problem, you’re dealing with more issues than ever before when you work in a commercial office complex.As 30-year professionals in community association management both on the residential and commercial side, locally and family owned City Property Management is proving why commercial community management is just as important at the office as it is at home. CEO Patti Garvin of Phoenix-based City Property Management explains how the company she founded decades ago continues to grow on the commercial side in a Q&A with azbigmedia.com.Q: Most people recognize the name City Property Management on the residential side as it pertains to HOA management in Valley. What is your company doing on the commercial side?A: The vast majority of our business tends to be singe family neighborhoods and residential condominiums, but what most people may not realize is that many offices and office plazas are a condominium association as well. The disconnect seems to be that most often a condominium is a residential dwelling.However, Office Condominium Associations come with similar governing documents, rules regulations and operational needs to suit a very unique membership. Keeping the common areas of an office condo is just as important as a residential community with regards to values and confidence from a consumer/client standpoint.Q: With the upturn in the real estate market do you see the commercial side of your business growing in years to come?A: We do. We are already seeing signs of life in the commercial construction market, even an adjacent property to our own office condo is being constructed and scheduled to be occupied by a large national employer just this quarter.My personal take on the commercial recovery is a two part answer 1) homeowner confidence should translate to a more robust economy thus producing stronger demand for commercial property and 2) with the anemic interest rates available at the bank, a potentially overheated stock market, investment capital will be looking for opportunistic alternatives, such as a depressed commercial market.Q: Why do commercial properties need a company like City Property Management? How can commercial properties boost their collection fees?A: Many commercial property owners tend to be involved operators and busy with the day to day operations of their own businesses. Property management is our day to day operation and we bring to the table valuable resources that prove very equitable and beneficial to office condominiums.Our personnel are seasoned, some as many 30 years’ experience have the extensive knowledge in communication, maintenance, service providers, budgeting and guidance that can prove very helpful to owners and boards of office condos. Knowing proper collection procedures, sometimes with the assistance of attorneys, and knowing when to expend the money to collect, and when to cut losses is one way to effectively boost overall collections.Q: As maintenance expenses grow and collections becoming a bigger problem, what issues is your company dealing with that you haven’t seen in the past?A: Currently the state of most associations is much better than the previous 3 to 4 years where there was much more financial turmoil and delinquency issues. Through the difficult years there had been drastic changes and reductions in services and reserve contributions to counter the lack of projected cash flow, so expenses needed to be reduced to be in line with income. Now that cash flow seems to be more stable, associations need to reevaluate long term goals and capital improvements and account for proper reserve funding and maintenance implementation.Q: Where do you see the future of property management going in the future here in Arizona?A: Being an innovator in our industry with regards to implementing technology, I think that property management will run hand in hand with many sectors using technology to enhance efficiency and productivity. Twenty years ago checks were hand posted and managers used clipboards and Polaroid cameras, Today it’s much faster paced with the use of social media, smart phones, tablets and email. Our proprietary Association Management Software provides an unparalleled level of transparency to owners and is accessible 24/7/365.Owners can now view statements, documents, pictures as well as specials offered from local businesses. I feel that it will be increasingly more efficient and transparent, with much positive light to be shined on our industry for overall customer satisfaction.Patti Garvin started in the property management industry in 1979 managing a portfolio of 250 rental units for ERA Realty.  In 1981 she was recruited to work for the Don Lawrence Companies and started her career in the HOA management industry. In 1985 she took out a small loan and purchased into a partnership at a small Mesa-based full service real estate company called City Property Management. After a series of internal acquisitions she became the sole owner of City Property Management in 1992. Visit cityproperty.com for more information.last_img read more

first_imgIn a 5-12 season, there are myriad problems for a basketball team. But if you had to pinpoint one problem for the Utah basketball team this season it would be the inability to defend the 3-point shot.So guess who’s coming to the Huntsman Center tonight?Just the second-best 3-point shooting team in the country, the Air Force Falcons.The Falcons are shooting threes at a 44.7 clip this year, which may not seem that great, considering the Utes have been allowing opponents to shoot 47.7 percent on the season. Heck, if the Utes can hold the Falcons to shoot 44.7 percent tonight, they might be doing cartwheels.The trouble for the Utes is the 11th-ranked Falcons, who have won 13 straight, do a lot more things well than shoot 3-pointers.Not only are they second in the nation in 3-point shooting, they are also ranked in the top 10 — incredibly — in eight other categories.The Falcons are tied for first in fewest turnovers per game (10.2), second in field goal percentage (53.9), second in win-loss percentage (94.1), fifth in scoring defense (54.6), fifth in fewest fouls per game (13.6), seventh in 3-pointers per game (10.0), eighth in scoring margin (19.4), and 10th in free throw percentage (76.3).Utah coach Ray Giacoletti knows his team has its hands full tonight.”It concerns me that they are 17-1 and are very efficient in everything they do,” he said. “They don’t beat themselves. You’ve got two obstacles with guarding them and what you need to be able to do to score.”Surprisingly, he’s more concerned about his team’s ability to score against the Falcons than to stop them.”The difficult part might be scoring,” he said. “It always used to be, ‘How are you going to defend Air Force?’ And, still, that’s a challenge, but that’s a little bit. But I think people in our league at least understand a little bit what they are trying to do offensively. It’s what you can run and how can you be effective scoring the basketball.”The Utes have been able to score for the most part this year. In fact, the Utes rank right behind the Falcons in 3-point shooting at 44.4 percent with Shaun Green leading the nation at 56.8 percent. But unless they slow down the Falcons’ offense, they have little chance of an upset.The one thing the Utes can find solace in is the fact the the Falcons have struggled to win their last three games.Last Tuesday, New Mexico, the same team the Utes took to overtime in The Pit, led the Falcons by 21 points in Colorado Springs before blowing a second-half lead. Then on Saturday, Wyoming stayed with the Falcons right down to the final buzzer when Jacob Burtschi made a layup to win by two. Before those two games, Air Force held on to beat UNLV by six at home.The Falcons are basically a five-man team with the starters often playing all 40 minutes. Only Andrew Henke (4.5 ppg), averages more than 10 minutes a game among the reserves. Next up for the Utes is Wyoming Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Huntsman Center. Related E-mail: [email protected]center_img Utah game daylast_img read more

first_img Upd. at 16:53 Valdes noticed his belongings at Man United’s training centre were not in their usual place, when he arrived with other first team members on Sunday. Sources reported in the English press say the Red Devils’ Spanish contingent, Herrera, Mata, De Gea, were unimpressed at the Dutchman because of the disrespectful treatment to his companion.  Louis van Gaal wants Victor Valdes out of Manchester United as quickly as possible. If the keeper didn’t realise that after Van Gaal’s quotes a couple of weeks ago, now he’s been put with the U21 team to train. CEST Sport EN 04/08/2015 The goalkeeper’s future is far from Old Trafford, and the club recently signed Argentine stopper Sergio Romero as another option.last_img read more

first_img Dynamo Kiev (UKR)-Young Boys (SUI) The draw was made this Friday in Nyon (Switzerland) for the third round, which is when teams from some of the bigger leagues and champions such as AEK Athens and Viktoria Pilsen enter the draw. With the second round still to be plated (18 and 19 July), this draw was for the round before the one Sevilla will enter. EFE Viitorul (RUM)-APOEL (CYP) or Dudelange (LUX) The draw: Nice will play Ajax, runners-up in the Dutch league and the Europa League in 2016/17, in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Dinamo Kiev vs. Young Boys is another standout tie. 14/07/2017 CHAMPIONS ROUTE Spartak Jurmala (LET) or Astana (KAZ)-IFK Mariehamn (FIN) or Legia Warszawa (POL) The first legs will be played on 25 and 26 July and the return fixtures on 1 and 2 August. Slavia Praga (CZE)-BATE Borisov (BLR) or Alashkert (ARM) Niza (FRA)-Ajax Amsterdam (HOL) Linfield (NIR) or Celtic (SCO)-Dundalk (IRL) or Rosenborg (NOR) AEK Atenas (GRE)- CSKA Moscú (RUS) Club Brujas (BEL)- Estambul Basaksehir (TUR)center_img FCSB (RUM)-Viktoria Plzen (CZE) Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) or Honvéd (HUN)-Zalgiris Vilnius (LTU) or Ludogorets (BUL) Group 1 Group 2 IN SPORT.ES Ailina (SVK) or Copenhague (DIN)-Malmöe (SUE) or Vardar (MKD) Upd. on 15/07/2017 at 04:01 CEST LEAGUE ROUTE Qarabab (AZE) or Samtredia (GEO)-Sheriff (MKD) or Kukësi (ALB) Hibernians (MLT) or Salzburgo (AUT)-Rijeka (CRO) or TNS (PDG) Niza-Ajax, eliminatoria estrella en la Champions Partizan (SRB) or Buducnost Podgorica (MNE)-Olympiacos (GRE). Zrinjski (BIH) or Maribor (SVN)-FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) or Víkingur (FRO)last_img read more

first_imgA PAKENHAM plumber who returned to study at the age of 48 has been recognised in the Plumbing Industry Training…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

first_imgThis program was established in 2018 as a new initiative to attract and retain women and girls in squash. Clubs were encouraged to identify and nominate a female ambassador who is committed to promoting the sport to girls and women at their respective clubs. Eligibility for the grant program was open to the 22 participating clubs in the annual September Women’s Squash Week.  Through an online nomination process, participating clubs nominated a female champion who best aligned with program criteria: going over and beyond to promote and identify opportunities to participate as well as encourage overall enjoyment of the sport.  Vassilakakis stood out in all criteria.The grant will be used by the club to promote and deliver squash programs for girls and women through the calendar year (2019).“We realized that one way to increase participation was to encourage the clubs to identify a female champion to work with the pros in promoting Women’s Squash Week. The result was tremendous, with a 66% increase in participation in 2018,” said Sue Griffin, Chair Women’s Squash Week.Over the past 20 years in Canada, female participation in sport in Canada has continued to decline and Squash BC has also been impacted by this downward trend. “Reversing this decline is a major priority for our organization and growth initiatives such as the Emerging Female Leader in Squash and strategic partnerships with organizations such as ProMOTION Plus and Buntain Insurance directly align with our sport association’s mission and strategic direction” said Natasha Doucas, President of Squash BC. Nelson woman has been recognized as a Champion of women’s squash in the province.  Castlegar’s Rebecca Vassilakakis, of the Nelson Squash Club, was one of the two emerging female leaders in the sport of squash. The award will provide the Nelson Squash Club with a $500 grant from the Squash BC Emerging Female in Squash program.last_img read more

first_imgFor the latest information, follow Islanders Athletics on Twitter and Instagram (@Go_Islanders) and Facebook (Islanders Athletics). Follow the Islanders Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on Twitter (@IslandersSAAC). Since 1953, Driscoll Children’s Hospital has been a beacon of light for the children of South Texas. The hospital’s medical staff is comprised of pediatric specialists in more than 32 medical and 13 surgical specialties. During 2012 Driscoll had more than 72,000 clinic visits and performed more than 6,700 surgeries. It serves 31 counties and 33,000 square miles of South Texas. After seeing overwhelming success through Dec. 3, which was slated to be the conclusion of the book drive, SAAC and Hicks elected to extend the drive through Dec. 30. “The book drive has already surpassed the expectations that we had,” said SAAC President Haley Satterwhite. “It is just a great feeling to know that these books are going to make an impact in a child’s life. I’m proud of how SAAC has come together as a group to put together this book drive and I’m excited to see it grow in the future.”  For more information, please contact Suzie Davis at [email protected] or call 361-825-3027. Donated books will be given to Driscoll Children’s Hospital and will be available for patients and family members. Unlike a typical library, patients and families are encouraged to keep the books, which is why there is always a need.  This is one of several community service initiatives for SAAC this holiday season. The group will also take part in the Toys for Tots program for the sixth consecutive year as well as several other initiatives in the upcoming semester. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – As part of the Southland Gives Back initiative, the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) teamed up with Hicks Elementary School for a book drive to benefit Driscoll Children’s Hospital.   Each grade at Hicks Elementary was given a crate of their own to fill with new or gently used books. The winning grade level will be awarded with a visit from their choice of any Islanders athletic team. last_img read more

first_imgSecure Cloud Computing.  To some, at least with the current state of technology, that might sound like an oxymoron.  When asked about cloud computing, security is the main issue that concerns most organizations.  That sentiment isn’t being ignored by cloud vendors.  In fact, many cloud vendors realize that the long-term success of their businesses depends on the need for them to convince customers that their data will be secure.Forrester Research has picked up on this.  Jonathan Penn, analyst at Forrester, recently wrote that “heightened pressure by cloud customers and prospects is fueling the rapid evolution of solutions. How rapid and radical an evolution? By 2015, security will shift from being the No. 1 inhibitor of cloud to one of the top enablers and drivers of cloud services adoption.”  Penn is predicting that by 2015 the cloud security market will be a $1.5 billion force with 5 percent of all security spending going towards the cloud.Many organizations already have security budgets for their in-house IT projects.  Forrester sees the allocation of those funds changing, and moving towards being applied to cloud application computing.  He sees a new category of products being created that can specifically enhance the security of cloud applications.  A Forrester report observes that “end user organizations are beginning to seek security as an inherent feature of cloud services, where it is more effective, more easily managed, and less expensive.”Partnerships between cloud vendors and security vendors is beginning to happen.  Amazon has teamed with Symantec’s Symantec Endpoint Protection product for Windows.  Verizon Business and McAfee are also teaming up.  We can expect more such partnerships and products in the future.Penn argues for the cloud security market to take shape and for there to be more acceptance that cloud security standards are needed.  Many of the existing standards around hosted applications aren’t sufficient for guaranteeing security of data.   Penn wrote that “Certifications and other operational standards such as SAS 70 Type II (or even the new SSAE 16 designed to replace it), SEI CMMi and ISO 27001 are ill-fitted assurances for the security of cloud environments.  Nor can SLAs sufficiently cover everything: Adopting organisations need more detail and concrete assurances of operational practices – such as specifying both the control technologies and policies in place, access to system logs, and regular communication of results from security scans – rather than relying on general contract language.”eWeek quotes Allen Allison, chief security officer at naviSite as saying that “it must be understood that not all clouds are the same, not all security requirements are equal and not all customers have the same level of expectations; thus, costs of compliance should be considered as standards as cloud security is developed.”last_img read more

first_imgklint finley On September 14, 2009 New York Times readers were automatically redirected to a site hosting malmare thanks to an ad containing malicious code. On July 15 2010, TweetMeme was the victim of a similar attack and began sending its users to a “scareware” site. These are just two examples of “malvertising,” one of the fastest growing security threats on the web. It’s particularly scary because potentially any site with advertising could be a target, and users don’t even have to click the ads to trigger malware. Use a Mac? You could still fall victim to phishing scams perpetuated by malvertisers. Scary stuff. So what do you need to know?Malware Isn’t Just on “Sketchy” Sites AnymoreIn the past, users who didn’t frequent adult, gambling or other “sketchy” sites were relatively safe from harm. Now any site that contains third party content – even your own company’s web site – is at risk. Earlier this year, Dasient released a report identifying the top three security vulnerabilities enterprise web sites contain: advertising was one of the three, along with other third party content. According to ClickFacts CEO Michael Caruso, malware scammers are increasingly moving away from e-mail and buying advertising instead. An ad on a popular site can reach millions, and automated ad purchasing makes it easy to criminals to buy ads. According to Caruso, malvertisers will sometimes walk into offices impersonating legitimate buyers when automated systems aren’t available, and often pay for ads with fake or stolen credit cards.Malicous advertisements on search engine sponsored results and even organic search results is an increasing problem as well. Here’s an example of a sponsored search result found on GoogleBing by StopMalvertising.com: Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#Trends Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Users who click the above ad are taken to a fake Adobe Flash web site where they are encouraged to download a malicious app.Curaso also notes that it’s become extremely easy for criminals with little technical proficiency to conduct malware campaigns as exploit kits are sold on the open market from servers in places like eastern Europe and China.Users Don’t Even Have to Click the Ads to Get InfectedAccording to Chris Larsen, head of Blue Coat‘s research lab, you don’t even need to actually click on the ads. Blue Coat documented one way this is done: a site can use JavaScript to call hidden iFrames which load PDFs containing code that exploits Adobe Reader vulnerabilities.Non-Windows Users Can Also be AffectedNon-Windows users can also be targeted by malvertising via phishing scams, though they will generally have to click on the ads served. Caruso told us about an instance of malvertising in which scammers bought ads that appeared to be from a major bank. Once users clicked through to the landing page, they collected bank account information from victims.Malware has Graduated from Nuisance to Serious ThreatLarsen says that in the past there were two type of IT threats. First, mass non-targeted attacks that force or trick users into downloading malware. These have traditionally been mere nuisances for IT to deal with, as the symptoms (fake AV notifications, pop-ups, etc.) become rapidly apparent. Second, highly targeted attacks which perpetrators may spend months researching. These are more dangerous because the perpetrators are looking for specific, valuable company information.The emergence of botnets has made malware into a serious threat. Compromised machines may not show any signs of infection, leaving backdoors wide open for exploitation. Larsen says it’s been suggested that since botnet operators sell their services on the black market, those attempting to target a specific company could approach botnets with a list of IP ranges and offer to purchase control of specific machines in order to get a foothold in a specific network.Patching will Protect YouHere’s the good news: according to Larsen, most malvertising targets well known exploits. Keeping your operating systems and software patched is the best way to prevent damage from attacks.Patch management is a notoriously labor intensive and thankless process, but as NSS Labs recently noted in a report it’s one of the most important steps IT can take to protect its users.Who’s Trying to Help?ClickFacts and Dasient both offer services to scan ad networks for malicious advertising. Dasient recently landed the ad network AdOn as a client, and ClickFacts counts News Corp as a customer. Last year, Google launchedanti-malvertising.com (not to be confused with StopMalvertising.com) to help ad networks identify malvertisers.One stumbling block security companies face, according to Larsen, is that ad networks tend to be secretive about how they serve ads in order to circumvent ad blockers. When ad networks aren’t forth coming, it can be difficult to determine how malware is being served up and how to block it.Caruso points out that companies shouldn’t be placing blame – instead ad networks, publishers and security companies need to work together to solve the problem. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more