Rodney Thayer

Rodney Thayer is a private network security consultant in Mountain View, California. His practice includes exploit analysis, architecting secure networks, and cryptography. His background is in the development and deployment of network security devices, having participated in the development of various implementations of IPsec, SSL (TLS), and digital certificate systems. He has also worked in the area of security network management. He can be reached at

Assessing security at the edge of an Exchange 2007 network

With Exchange 2007, Microsoft has introduced the concept of an Edge Transport server which is the outward-facing messaging component for handling SMTP network traffic.

Exchange Server 2007 from a client point of view

In our testing from the client side, we found that while it’s easy to connect to the Exchange 2007 backend in most cases, it’s not completely without its problems.

Exchange upgrade earns mixed grades

Exchange 2007 hits on management, system security and availability.

Review of Windows Vista final code shows security needs admin attention

Our Clear Choice Test shows Vista Ultimate has much to like, and issues to fear, because of security holes.

How we tested Vista

We tested Vista Ultimate Editions (32- and 64-bit) and examined security settings, applications and connectivity compatibility, as well as its operating-system features.

A closer look at OpenSUSE 10.1

OpenSUSE 10.1, Novell's attempt to keep a general-purpose version of its Linux freely available to the open source community, is both aided by and suffers from the lack of attention from Novell.

SLES 10 server provides virtualization, availability

With SLES 10 Novell offers virtualization, armor and availability.

Setting technical criteria for outbound content monitoring

A Q & A on etting technical criteria for monitoring outbound content.

Mix-and-match open source for corporate networks

Some say open source software is not worth using. Some say it will save the world. Setting aside the religious hype, open source software raises a serious technical question: Is it appropriate for enterprise use?

Is Skype enterprise-ready? No.

Skype provides many powerful features for voice and text communications at a near-zero cost. Unfortunately, Skype also is wrought with implementation flaws and shows signs that it is likely to be a source of significant security...

Keeping your endpoints in line

Setting and enforcing security policy on your network endpoints could be key to making it through your next compliance audit. In our Clear Choice Test of endpoint security products that provide policy enforcement mechanisms, each...

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