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IT Channel News Briefs, Dec. 16

Today's headlines: Microsoft's ad chief departs; Cisco sees more sophisticated attacks.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008.

Microsoft ad chief to leave

Bill Shaughnessy, Microsoft's global vice president of sales, marketing and services, is leaving the company, AdAge reported yesterday. It is unclear if Microsoft will replace him or why he is leaving after 15 years with the company.

Shaughnessy worked with Brian McAndrews, who is also departing. Two weeks ago, when Microsoft tapped Yahoo veteran Qi Lu to head the company's online efforts, the company also reorganized its online sales force. But at the time, it appeared Shaughnessy would remain.

Cisco reports more sophisticated attacks

The number of vulnerabilities in virtualization technology grew from 35 incidents to 103 over one year, according to the Cisco Annual Security Report released Monday. The report said Internet-based attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and specialized, as profit-driven criminals continue to hone their strategies.

"We've seen a streak of capitalism to maximize their profits and an ability for them to work together in ways that are truly mind boggling," Patrick Peterson, Cisco fellow and chief security researcher, told

Among other findings in the report: Cisco researchers saw 90% growth in threats originating from legitimate domains -- nearly double what was seen in 2007. On the bright side, the volume of malware successfully propagated via email attachments decreased by 50% over the previous two years.

Symantec adds change management to SRM tool

Symantec has added change management to its CommandCentral Storage SRM application, according to The company also added new features to its Veritas Storage Change Manager product, which works with CommandCentral to trigger processes. Those updates include the improved ability to model paths and alerts for improper configurations. Change Manager pricing starts at $20,000.

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