Top security tools in the fight against cybercrime

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Cybercrime is a massive global threat, and U.S. businesses are the No.1 target. For tips and advice about how best to defend against cyberattacks, Network World asked security pros to name their most valuable security tool.

Many of the experts we interviewed pointed out that there is no silver bullet when it comes to security. Ron Woerner, director of cyberSecurity studies at Bellevue University, put it this way: "There is no 'one and best' security tool. It really depends on the situation, circumstance and personal preference. There are certain things all network, IT and security professionals should have in their toolbag. The most important is knowledge; i.e., where to learn more about a particular topic, technique or tool. It’s impossible to know everything; so focus on where to get quality instruction and information."

Woerner recommends two websites: and for reference and two toolkits: SysInternals and Windows GodMode. The former is a grouping of simple Windows tools (beyond the native administrative programs) and the latter is administration applications already available in the Control Panel.

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